Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman has accepted the New York Mets’ one-year, $18.9-million qualifying offer.
Stroman confirmed on Twitter he had taken it, saying, “Beyond excited to be back in Queens in 2021!”
Stroman entered free agency without throwing a pitch during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. After recovering from a torn muscle in his left calf, which he suffered just two days before the season opener, the right-hander decided in August to opt out of the remainder of the season following discussions with his family about the coronavirus pandemic.
His decision to opt out came after a second simulated game in which he threw 85 pitches, with the intention of returning to the Mets’ rotation the following week. He was then placed on the restricted list.