Marcus Stroman had an opt-out of his Cubs deal for 2024, which would have paid him $21 million.
Today, the Cubs have saved that money:
Confirming @JonHeyman report, Cubs righty Marcus Stroman has opted out of his deal and is now a free agent. Was due $21 million for 2024. This was a 50/50 call after a down/injured second half. Had a great first half though.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 4, 2023
This is a big deal for the Cubs. That would have amounted to nearly 10 percent of the team’s payroll for 2024, and now they can use that money for more pitching — or to invest in Cody Bellinger, perhaps.
It’s a gamble on Stroman’s part, given the injuries and horrific second half he had for the Cubs.
Overall in two years for the Cubs, Stroman posted a 3.73 ERA and 1.202 WHIP in 52 games (50 starts). He made the N.L. All-Star team in 2023, though he opted out of participating.
He’ll be remembered in particular for the one-hitter he threw against the Rays this past May. Here are three minutes of highlights from that game [VIDEO].
I wish Stroman well going forward — and of course will be very interested in where the Cubs go with this sudden windfall.
As always, we await developments.