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Marcus Stroman accepts New York’s $18.9 million qualifying offer a day after trashing White Sox

Marcus Stroman, Mets, White Sox

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman previously explored his options for next season as a free agent but recently crossed the Chicago White Sox off his list of choices. It was mainly due to the fact that the newly-hired manager in Tony La Russa will reportedly keep his job despite being charged of his second DUI case which prompted Stroman to make a U-turn and return to the New York Mets next season.

On Wednesday, Stroman recently announced on Twitter that he would be accepting the Mets’ qualifying offer at a price tag of $18.9 million that will tie him with the team through the 2021 season, as per CBS Sports. He will return to a lineup headlined by three-time All-Star Jacob deGrom and the 25-year-old pitcher David Peterson.

The 29-year-old sat out the entire 2020 season after recovering from his torn calf muscle injury and eventually opting out of playing due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He has also been stellar in recent campaigns as he has compiled a 4.05 ER, thrown 286 innings, and has amassed a 2.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio since the start of the 2018 season, dating back to his days as a Toronto Blue Jay and a newcomer to the Mets in 2019.

Stroman was only filled with excitement and anticipation as he immediately tweeted to new team owner Steve Cohen after his decision:

“After watching the presser, I’m beyond excited to play for you sir. I could feel the excitement and passion you’re going to bring daily. Let’s go be great!”

With the 2019 All-Star back in the Big Apple and under new ownership, the Mets will aim to return to contention and ascend to the top of the NL East division next season.