New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is set to hit free agency this winter. For him, it’s perfect timing. At 30 years old he’s arguably having the best season of his career and he’s on pace to set a career-high in strikeouts. In his last start, he kept the ball rolling allowing just two runs in six innings vs the St. Louis Cardinals. He has allowed two runs or less in 23 outings which is tied for the MLB lead. So now the question is what type of contract would it take to re-sign him.
He shouldn’t receive a six-year deal, but he will definitely be in line for the four-five years depending on how desperate certain teams may get. A good example could be former Met Zack Wheeler who was 29 and signed a five-year deal for $118 million with the Phillies.
Although Stroman shouldn’t receive as much. A great example for him could be Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu who signed a four-year deal for $80 million at 32. Wheeler had accomplished less with a higher upside and Ryu was third in the Cy Young. After opting out last season and betting on himself by accepting the qualifying offer of $18.9 million, it looks like Stroman will be set to cash in this winter. He’s pitched himself into the $20 million per year range. The question is will the Mets be the one to see this, or will he sign elsewhere.
The Mets should re-sign Marcus Stroman for his consistency
Stroman has been their most consistent starting pitcher for the entire season. He’s made 31 starts which leads the NL. Durability is extremely important for a Mets team that can’t seem to stay healthy. In reality, he profiles as a number two starter especially since Jacob deGrom should return next year.
Stroman should be the Mets’ top pitching priority over Noah Syndergaard because his success can be sustained. Stroman is a ground ball pitcher that gets 50% of his outs on the ground and he has the third-lowest HR/9 rate in the NL. He also has the 7th lowest ERA and is on pace to set a career-high in WAR which was previously 3.9.
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He has fully embraced his teammates and this fanbase. Of course, he grew up a Mets fan living in Long Island. Stroman is great for the Mets culture and they should offer him a four-year deal in the range of $84-90 million.