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Mets Running Out Of Time To Extend Marcus Stroman

We can all reasonably debate whether Marcus Stroman or Trevor Bauer is better. There are arguments to be made for either pitcher, and on that front, we should all be able to agree to disagree while waiting for the next few years to play out.

However, one area where Mets fans should be unanimous is extending Stroman before he hits the free agent market.

Looking at the Mets 2021 rotation, only Jacob deGrom is a sure thing. After him, David Peterson earned a spot. From there, your guess is as good as anyone, especially with the Mets having to make a critical decision on Steven Matz.

That’s 2-3/5 of a rotation to fill. Beyond Stroman and Bauer, the market has a lot of question marks. It’s one thing to take a shot on Rick Porcello again or signing a Kevin Gausman. It’s a whole other thing to sign both and count on them leading you back to the postseason.

No, if you’re the Mets, you need another top flight starter to pair with deGrom. We know Stroman has been that in his career. We also know he can handle New York.

Getting Stroman signed now allows the Mets to have less uncertainty entering the postseason. It ensures a strong rotation for the 2021 season. It allows them to focus on other areas of their team which needs upgrades and improvements. It’s also gives the Mets a chance to be a little creative.

The problem is with Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers winning last night, they’re one game away from winning the World Series. As it stands, the World Series either ends tomorrow or Wednesday. Five days after that, free agency begins.

This gives the Mets a little less than a week to extend Stroman much in the way the Mets once did with Mike Piazza. That’s not to say Stroman is a future Hall of Famer like Piazza. Rather, it illustrates if you give a player what they want in a deal, they’ll happily agree to stay.

Certainly, Stroman is a native New Yorker who has enjoyed pitching in New York. It’s now time to take advantage of that and Steve Cohen’s deep pockets and keep him in New York.

If they don’t, the Mets rotation in 2021 could look even worse than it did this year. Certainly, that’s not how anyone wants the Cohen era to begin. With that being the case, get to work and sign Stroman.

6 thoughts on “Mets Running Out Of Time To Extend Marcus Stroman”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Wow, sounds great! Any other factors? Where was he in September when we needed him?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Where was the pitching depth?

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Thor got hurt as soon as the season was postponed, eliminating any chance of trading for a replacement ace. Matz, who you wanted to extend, imploded. Peterson was good. Porcello was okay for back of the rotation and was second in innings pitched. The SP kids you think are “depth” all had weak years and are probably not replacement level playing against the East.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Porcello was terrible, and any of the players the Mets got rid of would have been their second or third best starter this year.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            You have said repeatedly recently we should resign Porcello.

          2. Oldbackstop says:

            Which traded child would have been better than Peterson and Lugo in 2020? I’m sorry, you said all of them would. List them.

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