The Philadelphia Phillies should target Marcus Stroman in free agency
Currently the Phillies’ division rival, Mets starter Marcus Stroman, would be a massive upgrade for any starting rotation.
After opting out of the shortened 2020 season, the 30-year-old righty finished 2021 with 3.4 WAR, and a 3.02 ERA over an MLB-leading 33 starts. It was his best season by ERA in any year in which he appeared in more than four games.
Stroman had a lower FIP and WHIP than his last season, and lowered his hits and walks rates as well. Despite fluctuations with juiced and un-juiced balls in MLB over the last few years, his HR-per-nine rate has stayed steady between 0.8-0.9 since 2016.
While the upcoming CBA negotiations might make this a moot point, Stroman actually took more walks as a batter (6.9%) than he issued (6.0%). He had five hits in 51 at-bats, including two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI. He even stole a base.
The one argument against going for Stroman is that the Phillies already have a righty-heavy rotation: Wheeler, Nola, Gibson, and Eflin, when he returns. Ranger Suárez is currently the sole lefty.
According to SNY, Stroman could be looking for as much as $25 million AAV, which the Phillies might balk at, but they shouldn’t. Stro is one of the most underrated arms and greatest minds in the game.