Marcus Stroman took a unique route in making what could be interpreted as a sales pitch to the Yankees.
The free agent right-hander ripped the team’s rotation in a response to a tweet about what Brian Cashman said about him at the trade deadline two seasons ago, but also let them know he’s open to helping them solve that problem.
“Besides Cole, there’s no current Yankee pitcher who will be anywhere in my league over the next 5-7 years,” he said in response to Barstool’s Jared Carrabis, who shared that Cashman once said Stroman was “not a difference-maker.”
Stroman added that the Yankees pitching always folds and that they “should be winning World Series’ left and right…yet they’re in a drought.”
However, the 29-year-old followed that up by saying he does not hold a grudge against Cashman or the Yankees.
“I don’t hold grudges ever,” he said. “I’m open to compete wherever next year. Excited to see how free agency plays out!”
Some on Twitter felt Stroman’s tweets were a sales pitch for the Bronx Bombers, to which he replied, “not even slightly,” but he certainly identified a hole in the team that he could fill, even when others pointed out that he forgot about Luis Severino, who missed the 2020 season with Tommy John surgery.
“Forgot about Sevy!” Stroman said. “When he’s healthy, he’s unreal. One of y favorites to watch. Cole and Severino. There’s still 3 spots in that staff that need help! Am I wrong?”
Severino may not even be ready until June, and behind Cole is currently James Montgomery, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt.
Still, they are all question marks. Garcia and Schmidt have not endured a full major-league season as starters while German did not play this past season while serving a suspension for domestic violence.
Stroman, who grew up a Yankees fan on Long Island, could be an option for the Yankees in free agency, but Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton are also free agents the Yankees would likely have interest in bringing back. There is also Trevor Bauer, who is the likely NL Cy Young Award winner this year.
Hal Steinbrenner, on the other hand, has not been shy about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the team’s finances, which means the Yankees may not throw around big money in free agency like they did last year to land Cole.
Whatever happens, the Yankees need pitching and Stroman is certainly aware of that.