Marcus Stroman says he struck a deal with the Cubs

Free agent Marcus Stroman has reached a deal with the Chicago Cubs, the right-hander announced Wednesday on social media.

“CHICAGO! @Cubs,” Stroman posted on Twitter.

“Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities,” he added in a separate post. “Culture and passion everywhere. More than excited to pitch in front of one of the best fan bases in all of sports. Thank you everyone in town for the warm welcome. I can feel it. Let’s get down to business!”

Terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

Since breaking his ACL in spring training in 2015, Stroman has been one of the strongest pitchers in baseball. With the omission of a 2020 season in which he first missed the start due to a torn calf muscle before opting out, Stroman ranks fifth in games started, eighth in innings pitched and 16 in fWAR with (15.4), registering FIP of 3.71, 3.90, 3.91, 3.72 and 3.48.

Stroman makes money by attacking hitters with four pitches: a sinker, a slider, a splitter, and a cutter, producing a high rate of shots. In 2021, his shot rate of 50.8% was ranked eighth in the sport, which is offset by his propensity to allow hard contact, with the third strongest contact of any pitcher in baseball, based on the forceful hit rate of Baseball Savant.

Over the course of 2021, Stroman became the New York Mets’ most reliable pitcher, especially after Jacob deGrom’s injury. Stroman became one of two pitchers to start at least 20 games for the team, and he didn’t allow more than three earned runs in 29 of his 33 starts.

Stroman was one of the best free agent pitchers in a group that included Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. After accepting the qualifying offer from the Mets in 2021 and betting on himself, Stroman was rewarded after coming off one of the best seasons of his career.

In four of the past five seasons, Stroman has made 32 or more starts, compiling a 3.3 and 3.9 WAR each and has never posted a FIP above 4.00 in his career.