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NY Mets: Top 5 teams that will compete to sign Marcus Stroman

Aug 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 31: Overhead view of the stadium before the game. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-0 in a game played at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Never count out the Los Angeles Dodgers in any sweepstakes

When talking major free agents or trades, the Los Angeles Dodgers are always involved. They do magic tricks to land the best players. How did they possibly get Max Scherzer and Trea Turner back in July? I want the deal with Satan they made.

It seems every year the Dodgers get better. Like a fool, I often count them out. No organization should have this many good things happen to them. But they’re the Hollywood team. Much like the Los Angeles Lakers, they attract star power.

Stroman goes into this free agency class as one of the biggest stars on the mound. Both talented and popular among fans, he’s the kind of guy the club can market. He can then market himself by doing with them what he has with the Mets.

Players seem to land with the Dodgers when it comes time to win a championship. Although they could have a newer look soon enough with the potential departure of Corey Seager and some other changes to the roster, there remains a core and a culture in place. Stroman feels like he could be a Dodgers player. With all of the uncertainty about Trevor Bauer’s future added in, the next stop for this Mets starter might be LAX.

And if not the Dodgers, the rival San Diego Padres make a ton of sense, too.

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