Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman will be one of the most highly-coveted arms when free agency begins this offseason.
Stroman is coming off a strong year in Queens, pitching to the tune of a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts.
Unfortunately for Stroman and the Mets, their goal of reaching the postseason this year will not come to fruition. And the electric right-hander is leaving the door open to joining another big market team next season.
Marcus Stroman was recently asked about joining the rebuilding Chicago Cubs, and he didn’t shy away from how excited he would be to get the opportunity to play on the North Side of Chicago.
“Chicago’s a great city,” said Stroman to NBC Sports Chicago.
“I’m open,” he said. “I want to be somewhere that wants me. I want to be on a team that wants me in their rotation for good and kind of go from there.
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) October 1, 2021
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Despite the notion that the Cubs are likely heading for somewhat of a rebuilding, or at least a “re-tool”, Marcus Stroman thinks top free agents will still be linked to the Windy City.
“The Cubs are always going to be a huge destination target,” Stroman said during a conversation with NBC Sports Chicago before a recent Mets-Brewers game in Milwaukee.
“Just because of the history of the franchise, how amazing the franchise is,” he said. “And the city’s one of my favorite cities. So I don’t think the Cubs will ever have trouble getting guys or having guys that want to go there. The organization’s been so good for so long, and it has that history there. I think everybody wants to play at Wrigley in front of that crowd.
“I think the Cubs will be fine. Even in their rebuild mode, I still think guys will want to go there.”
Marcus Stroman is bound to have a plethora of teams courting him when free agency begins. And if the Cubs come calling, it certainly sounds like he’ll be willing to talk.