The Chicago Cubs shocked the world on Wednesday night when they made a big-time signing. They are bringing in Marcus Stroman on a three year deal worth 71 million dollars. There is an opt-out after the second year but there are some really nice incentives as well that should turn this into a very nice deal for the player.
It is a very interesting signing in a lot of ways. If they don’t sign anybody else, it really doesn’t make much sense to bring in a frontline starter like this as they aren’t a very good team around him but that could change in an instant.
There is a Major League Baseball lockout as of Thursday so nobody can sign or be traded any time soon. However, it didn’t take Marcus Stroman long to try using his Twitter account to try and recruit some big-time players.
It started with a tweet about bringing in New York Mets starter Taijuan Walker. The current New York Mets pitcher tweeted at Stroman wishing him well with his new deal. Stroman quote tweeted it and told him to come to Chicago after his last year in New York. Walker is a great pitcher who would be a nice fit in town.
Marcus Stroman would love to add Carlos Correa to the Chicago Cubs.
However, it didn’t end there. Stroman quote tweeted someone asking him about recruiting with a comment telling Carlos Correa (he tagged him in the tweet) that he needs him in Chicago. Of course, Correa is one of the big fish free agents on the market right now. When the lockout is over, he is going to make bank with whatever team he signs with.
Stroman doesn’t have to be doing this stuff but he genuinely seems to enjoy the idea of playing with the Chicago Cubs. He also tweeted about how excited he is. Apparently, Wrigley Field is the only stadium that he has never pitched in which is very interesting. Now, he is going to be able to play there full-time as a home starter.
Everyone in the league wants Correa. The Cubs have been linked to him which made this tweet from Stroman even better. You started to wonder if Correa would sign before the lockout began but that isn’t happening.
When the new CBA is negotiated and placed into use, the Cubs may or may not go after him. If they do, they will be getting an elite player to come be their new shortstop. It would also make the Stroman signing make a lot more sense for a variety of reasons. You just never know what happens but Stroman is into the idea.