Marcus Stroman, a right-handed pitcher, has agreed to a $37 million, two-year contract with the New York Yankees. If the physical goes well, the deal goes through, and there is an option for 2026 that could become a certainty.
Stroman is going back to his home state of New York after playing for the New York Mets in 2019 and 2021. He grew up on Long Island. He chose to skip the 2020 season because of the pandemic.
Gerrit Cole, winner of the AL Cy Young Award, will likely lead the Yankees' rotation, with Stroman joining. The mix will also include Clarke Schmidt, Carlos Rodón, and Nestor Cortes.
Stroman has been chosen for two All-Star games and has a 77-76 record with a 3.65 ERA since his first game in the major leagues with Toronto in 2014.
Last season, he suffered a swollen right hip and broken cartilage in his ribs, which sidelined him for six weeks. His ERA at the end of the season was 3.95, which was the highest it had been since 2018.
The signing of Stroman by the Yankees is expected to strengthen their pitching staff and increase their chances of qualifying for the postseason in the following season.
Since 2009, the squad has not been victorious in the World Series.