Right-hander Marcus Stroman is one of the premier starting pitchers on the MLB free-agent market. Coming off a highly productive and reliable 2021 campaign in what was his first full season with the New York Mets, Stroman proved himself to be a top-of-the-rotation force.
He’s efficient, works out of trouble and has found success in both the National and American League. Stroman can be a difference-maker for a MLB rotation, whether that be a team in contention or one that’s trying to turn a corner.
Here are three ideal free agent destinations for Marcus Stroman.
3. Marcus Stroman restocks the Chicago Cubs
The Cubs sold the house last season, as they traded away Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel and Joc Pederson before the MLB trade deadline. At the same time, they were competitive down the stretch with their new-look offense and now have some payroll flexibility. Stroman is precisely the type of signing a team looking to retool, not rebuild, like the Cubs would make.
Last season the Cubs’ starting rotation was putrid, but it’s capable of better performance and has some upside. Kyle Hendricks has been one of the best right-handed starters in the sport in recent memory. Adbert Alzolay and Alec Mills are fresh off their first seasons as essential full-time MLB starters. Justin Steele showed some promise.
A rejuvenated Hendricks, continually improving young arms and Stroman makes for a sturdy rotation.