For those who follow On Tap Sports Net, myself, and Cubs On Tap, you know my love for Marcus Stroman. In fact, he's the only player jersey I own that isn't a former or current Cub. That said, per a report by Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score, the Chicago Cubs and Stroman are in heavy discussions regarding a contract.
For comedic relief, I am also hot and heavy reading this tweet. Stroman profiles perfectly for the Cubs, but also for the contract he will earn. At 30 years old, Stroman is likely seeking term. However, as a pitcher who relies on movement and timing disruption over velocity, his arm and body will age well into his 30's. In fact, of all pitchers available this winter, he may age the best.
In 2021, Stroman pitched to a 3.02 ERA and 10-13 record with the New York Mets. In addition, the right-hander struck out 158 batters and only allowed 44 walks over 179.0 innings. After starting over 30 games for the fourth time in his career, Stroman is showing positive durability as he ages. However, one thing the basic stats don't show is the amount of weak contact he creates. Stroman is one of the best pitchers in the league at inducing weak contact.
If the Cubs sign Marcus Stroman, then they have found a frontline starter to add to their rotation. Pairing him with Kyle Hendricks at the top of the rotation will solidify the Cubs not only in 2022, but also in the future as more young arms in the team's system become MLB-ready.
Breathe Cubs fans. This could be an epic signing before the impending lockout.