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Mets set to give Marcus Stroman a qualifying offer

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Stroman didn’t pitch in 2020 because he opted out with concerns about COVID-19.

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The Mets intend to give Marcus Stroman a qualifying offer, according to Anthony DiComo. If Stroman were to accept, the offer would give him a one-year, $18.9 million contract to stay with the Mets in 2021, but the expectation is that Stroman will decline the offer and hit free agency.

In that case, the Mets would gain draft pick compensation if Stroman were to sign with another team. But the Mets would also still be free to bring Stroman back on a deal themselves, and considering the glaring holes they have in their starting rotation, that’s something they should definitely consider.

In 184.1 innings of work with the Blue Jays and the Mets in 2019, Stroman had a 3.22 ERA and 3.72 FIP, which was a nice bounce back from a down year in 2018 that saw him throw 102.1 innings with a 5.54 ERA. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, among starting pitchers who have logged at least 200 innings over that span, Stroman’s 3.65 ERA ranks 35th in Major League Baseball, one spot ahead of Noah Syndergaard and his 3.67 ERA.