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NY Mets Free Agents: Where each will sign and for how much

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Javier Baez #23 and Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrate during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Javier Baez #23 and Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrate during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Aug 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Stroman signs a 5-year $115 million-dollar deal with the Angels

Marcus Stroman should write a guide on how to navigate free agency. After missing all of the 2020 season he accepted the qualifying offer from the Mets and bet on himself. The gamble paid off just about as well as he ever could’ve imagined. He had arguably the best season of his career.

Stroman went 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA in 179 innings pitched. He was the one guy the Mets could rely upon to take the ball every fifth day and deliver a quality outing. He would constantly go five or six innings keeping the Mets in every game.

With Stroman entering free agency, the Mets have a spot to fill in the rotation. Noah Syndergaard coming back healthy would definitely help, but the Mets need to do more. Hopefully they make a splash in free agency or in a trade.

I would love for them to retain Stroman but believe the price tag will be a little bit out of my comfort zone. Stroman is a pitcher who relies a lot on the defenders behind him.

He’s great at inducing ground balls and limiting home runs, but I don’t think he’s worth what he’s going to get in free agency. Ideally, he’d be a third starter on a World Series contender and he will likely be paid as an ace or high-end number two starter.

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I believe the Angels are a prime destination for Stroman. They are desperate for pitching and are never shy about giving out big contracts. I’m sure Stroman would be just fine living in California.

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