Marcus Stroman: Mets Prefer to Sign Other Pitchers to Free-Agent Contracts over Me

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The New York Mets and Marcus Stroman will not be together this winter.
The veteran free agent said on Friday that the Mets' front office would prefer to sign other pitchers on the market than sign him on a new deal.
Marcus Stroman is on the phone.
The source is me.

Jon Morosi of the MLB Network confirmed on Thursday that the Mets were interested in the right-handed pitcher.
It's surprising to hear that the Mets might not be interested in re-signing him. He has been in New York since coming over in a trade from the Toronto BlueJays during the season of the previous year and has been successful, even though he sat out the 2020 season.

Sandy Alderson said at the end of September that he was willing to negotiate a new deal with the veteran.

After his final start of the season, the Mets' pitcher said he was open to anything. I can't wait to be on a team where I know I'll be there for a long time.

It's not clear what has changed since then.
In 31 starts, he went 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.145 WHIP, and 158 strikeouts. His performance in the majors this season resulted in interest from teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels.
Several players from the Seattle Mariners have been recruiting him to the club.
It's not hard to see why the Mets would pass on him. There are several pitchers that have accomplished careers, including Max Scherzer, andClayton Kershaw. Kevin Gausman andRobbie Ray are free agents.