Marcus Stroman will end up signing with the highest bidder this winter. There is no doubt about it. The man has pitched well enough that the New York Mets in 2021 have an abundance of options when he heads to free agency for the first time in his career.
Now over 1,000 big league innings in his career, Stroman has shown signs of further improvement. What exactly he can accomplish has been difficult to diagnose. His year of decline in 2018 was an outlier of the bad as his last two full seasons closely match what he did in 2017 when he became a full-fledged star for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Whatever you think Stroman is capable of, he’ll have suitors all over North America this winter. These five clubs seem to have the best chances of pulling him away from the Mets.
The Chicago Cubs have become a potential contender for the Mets
Despite sales last winter and again in mid-2021, the Chicago Cubs might not stay in baseball purgatory for long. They’re in a big market with some of the loyal fans there. It’s pretty believable that they’ve just stepped back from the big spending now so they can prepare for and play another championship in the not-so-distant future.
I don’t bet they’ll go crazy in free agency this winter. However, it wouldn’t be a shock for them to pull Stroman away from the Mets to get the ball rolling.
Cubs make my list mainly because Stroman has already spoken about it and his willingness / interest to find himself north of Chi’Town. If he hadn’t, I’m not sure this club would necessarily have clicked as one of the better options.
There always seems to be at least one organization buying unexpectedly during the offseason. The Cubs could very well be that organization in the winter ahead.