Marcus Stroman might be on the move in free agency
The New York Mets once again fell short of the postseason, and one of the main reasons why was the fact they were an All-Star short in their starting rotation after former Toronto Blue Jays All-Star opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stroman was acquired after an All-Star season with the Blue Jays, and his 3.22 ERA in both Toronto and New York showed that Stroman is still one of the game’s most promising starters.
Stroman might have some injury concerns and hasn’t thrown a pitch in a year, but a pitcher that is just about to turn 30 with his filthy stuff is going to attract interest on the free-agent market. These three teams should try to throw their names in the Stroman sweepstakes.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have enough power in their lineup and young prospects on the way to prioritize pitching over the lineup this offseason. Lucas Giolito and Dallas Kuechel made one of the best 1-2 punches at the top of any starting rotation over the 2020 season, but the back end of the rotation remains as shaky as ever. While most of their top prospects have panned out, it’s time to start wondering Dylan Cease and his 6.36 FIP is really worth nurturing and developing. The White Sox aren’t shy about cutting checks, and they shouldn’t stop at Stroman.
The bullpen is another issue that the White Sox need to get sorted out after they hire their next manager, but adding Stroman could be a more impactful move by giving Chicago two legit All-Stars between him and Giolito. With money to spend, a need for a pitcher that can go deep into the game without losing effectiveness, and a very good chance at both making the playoffs and winning the division next year, the White Sox seem like almost a perfect fit for Stroman at this stage of his career.