Surprise team 'in serious talks' with Stroman?

December 1st, 2021 is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding right-hander , who is a free agent.

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Dec. 1: Cubs 'in serious talks' with Stroman (report)

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs are "in serious talks" with Stroman. The club has not been all that active so far this offseason, though it did raise some eyebrows when it claimed left-hander Wade Miley off waivers from the Reds last month. Chicago certainly needs starting pitching as it seeks to reestablish itself after trading stars Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez last season, and Stroman is the best remaining starter on the market after the early signings of Max Scherzer, Robbie Ray and Kevin Gausman.

Nov. 29: Will Angels pursue Stroman after missing out on Max, Ray?
Improving the rotation is the Angels’ top priority this offseason, and the Halos continue to seek additional upgrades after signing Noah Syndergaard and reaching a deal (per a source) with Michael Lorenzen. 

The problem for the Halos is that their free-agent options are dwindling, at least at the top of the market. The Angels reportedly were in the mix for Max Scherzer before he reached a deal with the Mets and Robbie Ray before he struck a deal with the rival Mariners. Gone, too, are Eduardo Rodriguez, Anthony DeSclafani, Jon Gray, Andrew Heaney, Steven Matz and Corey Kluber.

Stroman, Carlos Rodón, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Alex Cobb, Rich Hill and Michael Pineda are among the best free-agent starters remaining.

If the Halos are looking for stability after taking a risk on Syndergaard, Stroman could be the best fit. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.02 ERA in 2021, and he’s made at least 32 starts in four of his past five seasons (not including 2020, when he elected not to play).

The Angels are also looking at the trade market and have engaged in preliminary talks with the Reds about a deal for Luis Castillo, according to's Jon Paul Morosi. Cincinnati's Tyler Mahle and Sonny Gray have been the subject of trade talks as well, per Morosi.

Nov. 27: Stroman thinks Mets reunion is not to be
After addressing their offense Friday, when they reached deals with Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, according to sources, the Mets are now focused on the starting-pitching market, MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reports.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reported earlier this week that the Mets were among the teams interested in Stroman, who posted a 3.02 ERA over 33 starts for the club in 2021.

However, Stroman seems convinced the team isn’t seriously looking in his direction, tweeting Friday that while he would love to be back, the front office -- which has a new general manager in Billy Eppler -- prefers other options.

The Mets liked Stroman enough to bring him back with a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer last offseason, but the righty is likely to command a multi-year contract this time around.

Nov. 24: Stroman drawing interest from several clubs (report)
You can never have too much pitching, so it's no surprise that several teams are showing interest in Stroman, one of the best right-handers in baseball. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Red Sox, Giants, Cubs, Mets and Angels are all interested. Stroman posted a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts for the Mets last season, and owns a career 3.63 ERA in seven Major League seasons.

The Angels recently signed another former Mets right-hander, Noah Syndergaard, and may very well be just getting started with the pitching market this offseason given their recent history of starting pitching woes. The Red Sox recently lost left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. The Giants have reportedly re-signed Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood, but could lose right-handers Kevin Gausman and Johnny Cueto in free agency. The Cubs are looking to reestablish themselves after parting with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez. And the Mets would like to retain Stroman after how well he's pitched for them.

Nov. 19: Engaging with Stroman's agent on Eppler's to-do list
Now that Billy Eppler is in place as the Mets' new general manager, the organization can turn more of its attention toward the free-agent market, starting with some of its own free agents.

Noah Syndergaard is off the board already after taking a one-year, $21 million deal with the Angels, but Stroman, Javier Báez and Michael Conforto are still available. Eppler said Friday on SNY that he plans to reach out to their representatives.

"Definitely want to engage with their agents and get a sense of where they're at and make that call [whether to pursue them] appropriately based on the information that I get back," Eppler said.

Mets owner Steve Cohen made it clear Friday that Eppler has the green light to go after the free agents he wants, regardless of cost.

Nov. 11: Stro, Ray, Thor among Angels’ potential targets
Addressing the rotation is once again an offseason priority for the Angels, and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports in an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that the Halos see Stroman, Robbie Ray, Noah Syndergaard and Alex Wood as potential fits for their staff. Rosenthal also mentions Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander as possibilities, and the club has been connected to Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Matz in other reports.

Stroman recently tweeted that the Angels "could be a great fit" in reponse to a fan expressing support for the team possibly pursuing him.

One factor that could make Stroman more attractive to the Angels and other suitors? He was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. Ray, Syndergaard, Verlander and Rodriguez each received one and will be tied to Draft-pick compensation if they reject it. Scherzer and Stroman were ineligible to receive one, while Wood and Matz were eligible but didn't get one.

Stroman's durability is also a 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, Héctor 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.

Including estimated salaries for arbitration-eligible players, Cot’s Baseball Contracts currently projects the Angels will have a $130 million payroll in 2022, so the team has 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. Accordingly, St. Louis' offseason focus is centered around pitchers the club thinks can thrive with an elite defense behind them, with an emphasis on sinkerballers, per a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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 tallied +4 OAA and prevented three runs behind Stroman in 2021. In comparison, Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright had +25 OAA and 20 runs prevented behind him, both tops in the Majors.

Wainwright signed a one-year deal to return to the Cardinals for 2022 and Jack Flaherty is controllable for two more years, but the team's rotation is otherwise unsettled heading into next season. Due to injuries, Miles Mikolas has been limited to nine starts since the beginning of 2020, and Dakota Hudson is coming off Tommy John surgery. As a result, addressing the pitching staff is expected to be the club's top priority this offseason.

Stroman is not only a ground-ball-heavy pitcher but also one of the most durable starters in the game, despite his slight frame. 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 recently predicted Stroman would get a five-year, $110 million deal. The largest free-agent contract the Cardinals have given to a pitcher is $80 million over five years to Mike Leake after the 2015 season.

Oct. 6: Padres a fit for Stroman?
The Padres made a number of big additions to their rotation last offseason, acquiring Blake Snell from the Rays, Yu Darvish from the Cubs and Joe Musgrove from the Pirates. However, the team’s starting depth proved to be a major weakness in the second half, and the club was forced to turn to the likes of Jake Arrieta and Vince Velasquez to start crucial games in September.

Although Snell, Darvish and Musgrove are all under control for 2022 and Mike Clevinger is expected to return from Tommy John surgery, San Diego is nonetheless expected to pursue veteran starters this offseason, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

One name being brought up in the club’s “preliminary” discussions? Marcus Stroman, who can become a free agent after the World Series and is ineligible for a qualifying offer after receiving one last offseason.

If the Padres end up pursuing Stroman, they figure to have a lot of competition. He'll join Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray, Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Rodón as one of the best free-agent starters on the market.

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.