With Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman set to hit free agency after the season, there have been “no negotiations at all” taking place, Stroman said Monday on Twitter in response to a question from a fan.
It is typical for players and teams to not negotiate in-season, so that the Mets and Stroman are not having active talks shouldn’t come as a surprise — nor should it be a reason to think a deal won’t get done.
Stroman, who accepted the one-year qualifying offer prior to the 2021 season to return to the Mets, cannot be offered the QO again.
That means he will be a free agent who won’t be attached to draft pick compensation for any team that signs him if/when he hits the market after the World Series.
In addition to Stroman, Noah Syndergaard — who is set to return to the Mets in the coming days for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in 2019 — is also set for free agency.
The Mets can extend the qualifying offer to Syndergaard if they so choose.
Stroman, who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, has turned in a terrific season.
In 174.0 innings over 32 starts, Stroman has a 3.00 ERA (3.43 FIP) and 1.138 WHIP with 154 strikeouts.
With the health of Jacob deGrom still very much in question and with the Mets watching Carlos Carrasco have a down year while both Taijuan Walker and Tylor Megill have regressed in a big way in the second half, retaining Stroman and/or adding another reliable top of the rotation starter this offseason will be imperative.
External options on the free agent market will include Max Scherzer (who said he wouldn’t agree to a trade to a New York team before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July), Kevin Gausman, and Robbie Ray.
Source: Yahoo Sports