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Marcus Stroman has confirmed a report that he’s returning to the New York Mets on a one-year contract.
Probably a wise move, given that the qualifying offer is worth $18.9 million, and Stroman missed all of last season after suffering a torn calf muscle in spring training. He opted out of the season in August.
Overall, Stroman has made just 11 starts with the Mets following a 2019 midseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. But those starts went well, as Stroman finished the year with an ERA of 3.77. He made the 2019 All-Star game with a 2.96 ERA.
The Mets were recently purchased by billionaire Steve Cohen, who held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the state of the franchise.
“After watching the presser I’m beyond excited to play for you sir,” Stroman tweeted at Cohen. “I could feel the excitement and passion you’re going to bring daily. Let’s go be great!”
The Mets finished 26-34 last season, tying the Washington Nationals for last place in the NL East.