Marcus Stroman turned down Giants for Yankees during free agency

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Michael Bennington
Sunday April 14, 2024

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The San Francisco Giants’ pitching staff would undoubtedly benefit from having a starter of Marcus Stroman‘s caliber. The Giants’ interest in acquiring such talent was widely known.

Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman has enjoyed a fantastic start in his debut season with the Yankees. With a 1-1 record and an impressive 2.12 ERA in just three starts, his strong pitching has been a standout for the Yankees, particularly as they navigate their rotation without their injured ace, Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole.

Following his decision to decline the final year of his contract with the Chicago Cubs in 2023, Marcus Stroman became a free agent. According to The New York Post, Stroman was reportedly close to joining the San Francisco Giants instead of the New York Yankees.

Marcus Stroman puts Yankees above all

Marcus Stroman attracted significant interest from multiple teams. Alongside the Giants and the San Diego Padres, the Kansas City Royals also pursued him before the New York Yankees emerged as the winning bidder. Stroman ultimately signed a two-year contract worth $37 million with the Yankees, which included a $1 million signing bonus.

Marcus Stroman starts his first Yankees game at Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2024.
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While the specifics of the Giants’ offer to Marcus Stroman are not disclosed, the report confirms that Stroman received proposals for both two and three years from San Francisco.

The Giants made significant moves to strengthen their starting rotation, including signing Jordan Hicks in free agency and acquiring Robbie Ray through a trade. They further bolstered their pitching staff by signing National League Cy Young winner Blake Snell shortly after the season began. Keep an eye out for Snell as he makes his second start against Tampa Bay this Sunday.

The San Francisco Giants’ pitching staff is grappling with injuries. Alex Cobb’s comeback from left hip surgery has been delayed, pushing back his expected return to May due to a setback. The Giants were aware of Robbie Ray’s recovery timeline from Tommy John surgery when they acquired him via trade, understanding that he wouldn’t be available until the second half of the season. Currently, Ray is working on building arm strength in bullpen sessions as he prepares for his return.

Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman would have been a valuable addition to the rotation. Coming into this season, he held a solid career record of 77-76 with a respectable 3.45 ERA.

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