New York Mets: Marcus Stroman accepts qualifying offer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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One of the top free agent pitchers is off the market, as Marcus Stroman was impressed enough with New York Mets owner Steven Cohen to accept the qualifying offer.

Marcus Stroman was considered to be one of the top pitchers in free agency despite some potential concerns. He had missed the 2020 season due to a calf injury, and then his decision to opt-out of the remainder of the year. Nonetheless, the New York Mets had extended the qualifying offer, an $18.9 million gamble if he accepted, but a way to recoup a draft pick if nothing else.

After seeing Steve Cohen’s press conference following his purchase of the Mets, Stroman came away impressed. Based on that briefing, he has accepted the qualifying offer, and will be a part of the Mets in 2021.

It was not outside the realm of possibility that Stroman would accept the qualifying offer anyway. Since he had missed the 2020 season, this would be a great way to rebuild his value while receiving an excellent payday. It certainly made sense.

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Now Stroman provides the Mets with a third quality starter to begin the season. He has produced a solid 51-47 record over his six seasons, along with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.292 WHiP. Over his 849.1 innings, he has notched 695 strikeouts with just 244 walks. While Stroman may not be an ace, he is a solid second or third starter.

He will also help solidify a Mets rotation that is in need of additional arms. While Jacob deGrom has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the game, and David Peterson was impressive in 2020, there are major question marks throughout the rest of the rotation. Noah Syndergaard will not be back until the middle of the season at best, and the Mets still need a fifth starter.

For his part, Cohen is equally excited about having Stroman back, welcoming him in a response on Twitter. Based on the way Cohen’s ownership has begun, and Stroman’s excitement, it may not be a surprise to see the two sides come to an agreement on an extension.

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Marcus Stroman is excited about the New York Mets future under new owner Steve Cohen. He is excited to the point where he has agreed to come back under the qualifying offer, making certain that he is a part of that first year of the new era.