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The New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms with two-time All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman on a two-year, $37 million contract.
Stroman spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs and declined the $21 million option in his contract to become a free agent this season.
The 32-year-old announced the news of his move to the Bronx on his Instagram story. He posted a picture of himself wearing a Yankees jacket as a child before posting a mockup of himself wearing a Yankees uniform.
Stroman's final post read: “I'm a New York Yankee.”
Stroman is no stranger to the Big Apple – not just because he's from Long Island, but also because he spent two seasons as a pitcher for the Mets.
Two-time All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman has agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees
Stroman announced the news of his move to the Bronx on his Instagram Story on Thursday
He played for the Mets in 2019, earning his first All-Star nomination after a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays, and in 2021, he sat out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News of Stroman's deal capped a busy Thursday for the Yankees after they also reportedly agreed to a one-year, $31 million deal with Juan Soto to avoid arbitration.
It would be a new record for an umpire-eligible player and would surpass the $30 million Shohei Ohtani received last year.
The Yankees acquired Soto in a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres earlier this offseason.
Stroman previously spent two seasons as a pitcher with the city rival New York Mets
The Yankees also re-signed Juan Soto to a record-breaking $31 million deal to avoid arbitration
Last season, meanwhile, Stroman went 10-9 with a 3.95 ERA, 119 strikeouts and a 1.259 WHIP.
Jed Hoyer, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, had described Stroman's 2023 as “a tale of two seasons.”
“He was exceptionally good and a candidate for the (All-Star) Game,” Hoyer told reporters back in November.
“And then after London, so to speak, I think he somehow never got it back on track.” He had problems in July and then was obviously injured in August. And I gave him a lot of credit for working hard and trying to get back, but he never quite got back to where he was.”
In Stroman's final year with the Cubs, he began the year leading the National League with a 2.28 ERA through June 20. He then battled injury problems and struggled down the home stretch.