Attacking the New York Yankees on social media is not advisable for any player, considering how much money the organization is willing to dish out for quality starters. That is why Marcus Stromanâ€™s actions on Wednesday were silly, and some might say malpractice.
Stroman, who bleeds confidence despite posting inconsistent seasons over six years in the MLB, believes he is exponentially better than what the Yankees currently have in their starting rotation. The Bombers are set to lose Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and JA Happ, which means they will be in the market for a new starter to add to their rotation.
Before the former Met took to Twitter, it was possible the Yankees could inquire about him. Now, it is unlikely Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman even consider his services.
What Cashman said about Stroman certainly doesnâ€™t bode well for the team’s chances of landing him anyway, but comparing himself to a rotation that has struggled with injuries and inconsistencies, might not be his best marketing move. You can make the argument that Tanaka is better than Stroman, and while he posted a 3.22 ERA in 2019 with the Mets and Blue Jays, thereâ€™s no guarantee he will be as dominant in 2021, considering he took an entire year off from baseball due to COVID.
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) September 24, 2019
His attack on the Yankees didnâ€™t end with his comments, he even went as far as posting a graphic indicating how much better he is than their rotation. Now, it is fair to mention Stroman is a quality pitcher, but if the Yankees really want to upgrade their rotation, targeting a player like Trevor Bauer might be more beneficial.
The hypocritical part â€” Stroman backtracked on his initial statements and opened up the possibility of signing with the Yankees, despite his disdain towards the team and clear frustration. Sometimes, it is better to stay quiet and target a big paycheck than make bold comments that ensure you wonâ€™t get paid by that organization anytime soon.
In addition, he also stated his love for Luis Severino and how dominant he is when healthy. If thereâ€™s anything that Stroman did hit on, itâ€™s the fact that the Yankees spend an absorbent amount of money and still havenâ€™t been able to reach a World Series. That is a factor that must change, and looking over at the Rays who spend less than Giancarlo Stanton’s yearly earnings combined, is exactly why the Yankees should be judged for their methods.
I don’t hold grudges ever. I’m open to compete wherever next year. Excited to see how free agency plays out!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) October 21, 2020