Marcus Stroman is coming off a career-best year for the New York Mets and it appears he’s looking to get paid handsomely because of it. The right-hander took a chance on himself and accepted an $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Mets and turned in a fantastic season. As he heads into Free Agency, Stroman reportedly wants a five to six-year deal worth $25 million per year, per a source close to Inside The Mets.

New York is set to have lots of competition to retain the former Duke standout, though. The Blue Jays, Padres, and Cubs are all interested in Stroman as well. He’ll certainly be one of the hottest arms on the market this winter.

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The 30-year-old led the Majors with 33 starts in 2021, going 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA. He emerged as the Mets’ ace after Jacob deGrom went on the shelf and Noah Syndergaard missed the entire campaign due to Tommy John. Even more impressive, Stroman didn’t even pitch in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and still came back and absolutely dealt.

Although $25 million a season may seem like a lot, Stroman proved that he’s worth it. The right-hander is a bulldog on the mound and reliable as ever. The Mets should be doing everything to bring him back, but either way, a payday looks like it’s going to be in the cards for Marcus Stroman.