We are approaching the trade deadline, and all teams will move to improve their position in the standing or their farm systems. The New York Mets will be active by the deadline, and some familiar faces to Queens fans could change teams this summer.
The 2023 trade deadline can showcase a lot of talent, from pitchers like Dylan Cease to the best player in the big leagues, Shohei Ohtani. However, within this group of players, there are three former Mets whose permanence in their current organizations is in jeopardy.
Former Mets starter Marcus Stroman could be out of the Windy City
On July 28, 2019, the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets made a trade where the Mets sent prospects Simeon Woods Richardson and Anthony Kay to Toronto for Marcus Stroman. Stroman pitched 238.2 innings with the Mets between 2019 and 2021 (opting out in 2020 during the Covid outbreak) with an ERA of 3.21.
Stroman made an impact for the Mets on the field, especially in the 2021 season, where he finished with an ERA+ of 133. However, changes in team preferences and rumors about problems in the clubhouse caused the front office of the Mets to rule out Stroman for a long-term contract.
Stroman's market didn't stay robust that offseason, allowing the Chicago Cubs to sign him to a three-year, $71 million deal. With the Cubs, Stroman has been throwing at a level similar to what he had with the Mets.
The Cubs have slowed down and are currently out of the standings, which makes them sellers. This opens up a range of possibilities for the team, including trading Stroman, who has one year left on his contract and has an opt-out after this season.
Stroman has been an efficient pitcher on the field, making him a target for many contending teams. The Baltimore Orioles or his old team, the Toronto Blue Jays, need starting pitchers, which makes them a good fit for Stroman's services.
However, the Arizona Diamondbacks is the team where Stroman will end up. The Dbacks need multiple starting pitching options and have an attractive enough farm system to make them the best trade partner for the Cubs.