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Marcus Stroman, Trevor May Phenomenal Start To Mets Offseason

With the state Brodie Van Wagenen left the Mets, this was an organization in desperate need for pitching. On that front, the Mets under Sandy Alderson’s competent leadership, the team is off to a great start.

Of course, the Mets were helped by Marcus Stroman accepting the qualifying offer. When Stroman did that, he gave the Mets a real solid number two behind Jacob deGrom.

Yes, Stroman is that. From 2014-2019, Stroman is in the top 30 in WAR and top 40 in FIP. There’s other ways to quantify, but this firmly establishes him as a clear cut number two.

Stroman is only part of the solution. Beyond him, the Mets still need to build the rest of their pitching staff. On that note, the Mets just signed Trevor May. Simply put, that was a great move.

May has been one of the best relievers in baseball. Over the last three years, he ranks 12th among all relievers in K% and 13th in K/BB%. His 3.24 WPA ranks 22nd among relievers in this time frame.

Over that time frame, May is 10-4 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.080 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, and a 12.0 K/9. He also has a 3.56 FIP and 140 ERA+.

This is a process helped along by his working with Jeremy Hefner. The two worked well together in Minnesota, and they promise to do so again in New York.

This is the type of reliever you can plug into the eighth inning in front of Edwin Diaz. With those two innings fully accounted for, Seth Lugo can be better unleashed as the weapon he can be out of the bullpen.

This singular signing moves the Mets bullpen from giant question mark towards solid to reliable. This is exactly how to start building your team.

That’s an important note too. Unlike prior years with the Wilpons, this is the start, not the finish. Typically, May would be the coda to the Mets free agent shopping, not the salvo.

Right now, the Mets have Stroman and May. That significantly improves the 2021 roster. It’s just a start, but it’s a fantastic one at that. Seeing how Alderson has begun, we should be excited for the next move.

7 thoughts on “Marcus Stroman, Trevor May Phenomenal Start To Mets Offseason”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    May looks like an undeniably strong move.

    I have been thinking about Stroman. If you can discount the possibilty he make call in sick again ( and I don’t know how you can), was letting him take the QO the best outcome? His public loving of Cohen aside, he obviously thought he wasn’t getting a huge contract over that AAV or a long multi-year in the current atmosphere.

    If they knew he was taking the $18 mil, might a frontloaded 3/$15, bridging us into the rotation chasm ahead, been a more impressive move for the new Cohen administration?

    Again, this is assuming one is confident he won’t go home again, which I am not. But Cohen can’t be credited for Stroman accepting the QO.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yes, you can credit Cohen with Stroman wanting to stay

  2. LongTimeFan1 says:

    There’s one Marcus Stroman, not two. And that one Marcus Stroman was obtained by Brodie.

    Alderson gets the credit for signing Trevor May. He did not bring Stroman here. Offering Stroman a Q.O. was no brainer and made total sense for Macrus to accept under the circumstances of Covid, his opt out and loving playing for his hometown team, loves the NY spotlight and remaining close to home.

    Mets might have reached the playoff this season had Marcus pitched.

    I don’t agree he’s a number #2 pitcher. If he’s our #3 or 4, that’s fine. Let’s sign Bauer. Bauer and Stro were the two starters I’ve wanted the Mets to sign this offseason. Don’t stop there. Add another. proven guy and we could have beast of a rotation especially when Syndergard returns.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      BVW overpaid for Stroman, and he failed to extend him.

      Alderson and Cohen extended the QO and immediately created an environment which enticed Stroman to stay.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        The environment that enticed Stroman to stay was the market. No estimate I can find has him making 18 mil a year, although there were projections of 3 or 4 years.

        But every day of Covid surging weakened his case further, as MLB.com pointed out. There was the obvious uncertainty about another season with revenues devastated by Covid, and a new long term contract to pay beyond that coming financial crater.

        Then there is the fact that Stroman was the best, or one of the best, players in baseball to opt out when his team continued playing.

        Yes, very brave as MD wrote at the time. I’m sure he will explain why a new club would have no problem with signing Stro as a key cog for 2021 and him being the only guy on their team to go home.

        Stroman didn’t take our QO because he fell in love with Cohen. He took it because it was the highest bucks he would have made in 2021.

  3. LongTimeFan1 says:

    I would be in the game for Snell. Imagine three prime Starters, Jake, Bauer, Snell plus Stroman and Peterson , and then Noah returns by perhaps July. Wow.

    1. oldbackstop says:

      Funny how we say some version of that every winter, ain’t it? 🙂

      Then, you know….Noah drags on rehabbing , Peterson ain’t all that, Stroman goes home again….,,,and……Corey Oswalt !!!!

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