Marcus Stroman and Jordan Hicks are the latest arms to depart the MLB free agent market, as they have signed deals with the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, respectively.
Stroman, 32, signed a two-year, $37 million deal with the Yankees last Thursday. The deal comes with a vesting option for a third year on the contract. The deal with New York came as a little bit of a surprise as Stroman’s interesting history with Yankees fans and the organization has been publicly documented through social media. Despite the controversial past between all parties involved, Stroman has expressed excitement to finally play in the Bronx after being raised as a Yankees fan his whole life out of Medford, New York.
Stroman entered free agency after declining his player option on the two-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2021 season. In 2023, Stroman was named an NL All-Star, pitching to a 3.95 ERA, with a 113 ERA+, 3.58 FIP, 1.259 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, and one complete game shutout, totaling 136.2 innings on the year. Before playing in Chicago, Stroman previously had stints with the Toronto Blue Jays (2014-2019) and New York Mets (2019-2021).
Stroman adds another quality starter to the Yankees’ rotation that is led by 2023 AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole and includes former All-Stars Carlos Rodon and Nestor Cortes, as well as Clarke Schmidt. The Bronx Bombers hope that Stroman can alleviate some of the pressure off of Rodon and Cortes who are coming off rough, injury-riddled seasons in the Bronx.
Hicks, 27, signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Giants last Friday. The deal with San Francisco comes with the plan to convert Hicks to a starter. The flamethrowing right-hander recorded 12 saves in 2023, pitching to a 3.29 ERA, 132 ERA+, 3.22 FIP, 1.355 WHIP, and 11.1 K/9 in 65.2 innings out of the bullpen. Hicks split the 2023 season between the St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays after being traded to Toronto at the Trade Deadline.
Hicks joins Logan Webb and Alex Cobb in the San Francisco rotation, as the Giants have looked to improve their pitching staff this offseason with the addition of Hicks and Robbie Ray via trade from Seattle.
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