MLB Free Agents: 5 pitchers ready to test the market in 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets looks on against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on August 28, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 10-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets looks on against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on August 28, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 10-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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MLB Free Agents: 5 starters ready to test the market in 2021

Marcus Stroman- New York Mets

2019 was a busy year for Marcus Stroman. He was named to his first All-Star game as a Toronto Blue Jay. Soon after that, he was traded to the New York Mets, the team that he cheered

for when he was a child dreaming to make it to the big leagues.

Through six seasons, he is 51-47 with a 3.76 ERA. He has reached 200 innings pitched in a season in 2016 and 2017.

2019 was arguably his best season yet. Through 21 starts with the Blue Jays and 11 with the Mets, he went 10-13 with a 3.22 ERA. He has been getting smarter with his pitched and utilized his slider very effectively.

However, Stroman is a great pitcher, but he is not a strikeout pitcher. He struck out 159 batters over 184.1 innings in 2019. This shows he needs to improve on getting ahead on the count and knowing what pitches to use on two-strike counts.

The feisty right-hander is full of energy and makes that transparent when he is on the mound. He might only be five foot seven, but he has the demeanor of somebody who was eight feet tall.

Stroman is looking forward to his 2020 campaign with the Mets and claims he is one of the best pitchers in the league and is telling the National League to “watch out.”