MLB SPORTS: Stroman is being pursued by at least five clubs

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MLB.com keeps track of all the latest information and rumors about right-hander Marcus Stroman (a free agent).

Find out more about Stroman.

Nov. 24: Stroman drawing interest from several clubs (report)
You can’t have enough pitching so it’s not surprising that many teams are interested in Stroman, who is one of the most talented right-handers in MLB. Tim Dierkes from MLB Trade Rumors says that the Red Sox and Giants, Cubs and Mets, as well as the Angels, are all interested in Stroman. Stroman had a 3. 02 ERA in 33 starts for the Mets last season, and owns a career 3. 63 The ERA in seven Major League Seasons.

An ex-Mets right-hander was signed by the Angels. They may be just starting to get into the pitching market, given their history of starting pitching problems. Eduardo Rodriguez, a left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox, was recently released by the team in free agency. According to reports, the Giants have signed Alex Wood and Anthony DeSclafani. However, they could lose Johnny Cueto and Kevin Gausman in free agency. After parting ways with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez, the Cubs want to reestablish their position. The Mets want Stroman to stay, after all the success he has had.

Nov. 19: Engaging with Stroman’s agent on Eppler’s to-do list
Now, that Billy Eppler has been named the Mets’ general manager, the team can focus more on the free-agent market. It will start with its own agents.

Noah Syndergaard is off the board already after taking a one-year, $21 million deal with the Angels, but Stroman, Javier Baez and Michael Conforto are still available. Eppler stated Friday on SNY that the Angels offered him a one-year, $33 million deal. However, Stroman, Javier Baez and Michael Conforto are still available.

Eppler stated, “Definitely want to engage their agents and get an idea of where they are at and make that call [whether to pursue them] appropriately basing on the information I get back.”

Steve Cohen, Mets owner, made it clear Friday that Eppler is free to pursue any free agents he desires, regardless of cost.

Nov. 11: Stro, Ray, Thor among Angels’ potential targets
Assisting the Angels with their rotation is a priority once again, Ken Rosenthal, a MLB Network insider, reports that Stroman, Robbie Ray and Noah Syndergaard are all potential candidates for their staff. Rosenthal mentions Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer as possible options, while other reports have connected the club to Eduardo Rodriguez.

Stroman tweeted recently that the Angels could be a “great fit” as a response to a fan who expressed support for the team potentially pursuing him.

Stroman could be more attractive to Angels and other suitors if he had one thing in common. He was not eligible to receive a qualifying proposal. Ray, Syndergaard and Verlander each received one. They will also be eligible for Draft-pick compensation if the latter is rejected. Stroman and Scherzer were not eligible to receive one. Wood and Matz, however, were eligible but did not get one.

Stroman’s endurance is another selling point. The Angels haven’t had a pitcher reach the 30-start plateau in a season since Andrew Heaney in 2018. During the club’s seven-year postseason drought, only Heaney, Ricky Nolasco, Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago and Garrett Richards have made at least 30 starts in a single year, doing so once each in that span. Stroman has made 32 or more starts four times since the beginning of 2016.

Cot’s Baseball Contracts projects that the Angels will have an $130million payroll in 2022, to allow for some financial flexibility.

Nov. 10: Here’s why Cards could consider Stroman
The Cardinals had MLB’s best defense in 2021, leading all teams in outs above average (50) and defensive runs saved (86) and setting a record with five Gold Glove Award winners. According to Derrick Goold, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the offseason focus of St. Louis is on pitchers that the club believes can thrive with elite defense behind them. There’s a special emphasis on sinkerballers.

That could make the 30-year-old Stroman a prime target for the Cardinals, who are expected to explore whether they fit his asking price. Stroman has recorded a 58.4% ground-ball rate in his career, according to Baseball-Savant.

The Mets’ defense scored +4 OAA, and kept Stroman from scoring three more runs in 2021.. In comparison, Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright had +25 OAA and 20 runs prevented behind him, both tops in the Majors.

Wainwright signed an one-year contract to be back with the Cardinals for 2022. Jack Flaherty can still be controlled for two years, but the team’s roster is not set for next season. Miles Mikolas’s starts have been reduced to nine since the start of 2020,, while Dakota Hudson is recovering from Tommy John surgery. This offseason, the club will be focusing on the pitching staff.

Stroman, despite his small stature, is not only a strong ground-ball pitcher but also one the longest-lasting starters in the game. The righty has made 32 or more starts in four of his past five seasons, not including 2020, when he elected not to play.

Stroman is expected to seek a multi-year contract after signing an $18.9 million qualifying offer to return to the Mets a year ago. MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Stroman would be offered a five-year deal worth $110 millions. After the 2015 season, the largest free-agent deal the Cardinals gave to a pitcher was $80million over five years to Mike Leake.

Oct. 6: Are Padres the Right Fit for Stroman
Last offseason, the Padres made several big additions to their roster, including Yu Darvish from Cubs, Blake Snell from Rays, and Joe Musgrove from Pirates. The team’s starting depth was a problem in the second half and the club had to turn to Vince Velasquez and Jake Arrieta to start critical games in September.

According to Kevin Acee, the San Diego Union Tribune, although Snell, Darvish, and Musgrove are all under control 2022, and Mike Clevinger is expected back from Tommy John surgery this week, San Diego will still be looking for veteran starters in the offseason.

In the club’s preliminary discussions, one name was brought up. Marcus Stroman can be a free agent following the World Series, but he is not eligible for a qualifying offer if he has already received one.

The Padres could end up following Stroman if they choose. He will join Max Scherzer and Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray and Clayton Kershaw as the top free-agent starters.

After electing not to play in 2020, Stroman turned in a strong season for the Mets in ’21, posting a 3. 02 ERA over 179 innings with 158 strikeouts, 44 walks and 17 homers allowed. Not including 2020, the 30-year-old has averaged 30 starts and 174 innings per season dating back to 2016.

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