MLB Rumors: Cubs, Marcus Stroman in ‘Hot and Heavy' Discussions

MLB rumors: Cubs, Stroman in ‘hot and heavy’ discussions originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Could the Cubs be a match for free agent starter Marcus Stroman?

According to WSCR's Matt Spiegel, the Cubs are in "hot and heavy" discussions with the right-hander, who's one of the top starting pitchers on this offseason's free agent market.

The Cubs' top offseason need is pitching, and Stroman would be a impactful addition to the starting staff. He finished 2021 with a 3.02 ERA in 179 innings for the Mets, leading the majors leagues with 33 starts. 

He was an All-Star in 2019, a Gold Glove winner in 2017 and holds a career 3.63 ERA in seven seasons between the Blue Jays and Mets.

Stroman, who turns 31 next May, is one of the most durable pitcher in the game. He's made 30+ starts four times since 2016 — he opted out of the shortened 60-game 2020 season.

If there is a match between Stroman and the Cubs — or any team — in the imminent future, there's a deadline to get a deal done.

MLB is expected to enter a lockout following the collective bargaining agreement's expiration Wednesday night, which would bring a transactions freeze to baseball.

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