The New York Yankees are still looking to add to their starting pitching rotation. They have been linked to plenty of free agents and trade targets so far, but haven't found the right guy to add to their starting rotation of Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Nestor Cortes, and Clarke Schmidt.
They were reportedly interested in Yoshinobu Yamamoto before he signed with the LA Dodgers, showing their willingness to spend big to improve their pitching. As the Yankees fans await their club's move, one shocking name has popped up as a potential free agent signing: Marcus Stroman.
The Yankees and Stroman have a long and heated history. The two-time All-Star who last played for the Chicago Cubs before opting out of his contract to become a free agent this offseason, had a lot of choice words for the Yankees in his career.
In 2019 trade deadline, Stroman was linked to the Yankees once again, before GM Brian Cashman said he didn't think of him a "difference maker". This was odd and controversial at the time since they needed pitching help. It also started a years-long feud between two sides.
In 2021 when Stroman was a free agent, he tweeted, "Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009. They routinely spend more than any other team and acquire the biggest names at every trade deadline. The way the spend and players they get should result in much more success than they’ve had."
There has been no love lost between Stroman and the Yankees. That is why the latest news linking the two sides caught everyone by surprise.
It seems like both have left their grievances aside, however, and realized that they could help each other. The Yankees are running out of options for their pitching rotation, and Stroman is one of the best arms left on the market. He was the fourth-best ground ball pitcher in the league in 2023, making him a good fit for the team.
If he can be brought in without having to overpay him, the Yankees fans will gladly embrace him.