by: Victor Suarez
Stroman Reunites with New York, Bolsters Yankees Rotation
The New York Yankees secured their fifth starter, snagging two-time All-Star Marcus Stroman on a two-year, $37 million deal. This homecoming, per The New York Post, brings Stroman back to the Big Apple after playing for the Mets from 2019-2021.
The right-hander joins a rotation anchored by reigning AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole. He’ll likely slot in alongside Carlos Rodón, Nestor Cortes, and Clarke Schmidt, solidifying the Yankees’ pitching staff.
Stroman’s 2023 season showcased two distinct halves. He dominated in the first, boasting a 9-6 record with a 2.19 ERA and All-Star recognition. However, the second half saw a decline, with a 1-3 record and 8.63 ERA. Injuries played a role, including a hip issue and a rare rib cartilage fracture.
Despite the dip, Stroman’s career boasts a 77-76 record and 3.45 ERA. His experience and talent are undeniable, making him a valuable asset for the Yankees.
Stroman’s excitement is palpable. He gushed on Instagram, “Can’t wait to put on THE PINSTRIPES and feel the energy in Yankee Stadium,” and emphasized his “New York culture” upbringing as a motivator.
Landing Stroman is a strategic move for the Yankees, addressing a key need while adding a familiar face with local ties. As they chase another World Series title, Stroman’s presence strengthens their rotation and infuses the team with his competitive spirit.