Why do the Cubs insist Stro must go?
A really good player wants to stay and the Cubs aren't interested...again.
If he weren’t on their team right now, he’d be their ideal free agent target this offseason, and they can’t even be bothered to try to sign him while they have him?
There haven’t been a lot of positives for the Cubs so far in a first half of a season so inspiring that people are already talking about who they can sell at the deadline. But one of the things they have been able to count on is the top of their pitching rotation. Justin Steele, Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly give them a chance three of every five days, and then Jameson Taillon and Hayden Wesneski do other stuff on the other days.
Steele has dreaded forearm tendonitis, so the return of Kyle Hendricks hasn’t been able to kick Wesneski full-time into the land of failed Cubs’ pitching prospects—the bullpen—yet.
But even without Steele, who was having an All-Star season, the Cubs still have an ace in Marcus Stroman.
Stroman is the rare Jed Hoyer free agent signing to actually turn out. So, you’d think he’d be clamoring to extend the 32-year-old. After all, that’s not too old to give four year contracts to in Jed’s world, he did that this past offseason with 33-year-old Jameson Taillon who has impressed with one win in nine starts and an ERA over a touchdown.
Stroman has repeatedly told the media and put on social media that he wants to stay with the Cubs beyond this season. And he’s also repeatedly said the Cubs have so far shown no interest in negotiating with him.
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