just a few hours before an expected MLB lockout, Stroman revealed on his personal Twitter account that he has reached an agreement on a contract with the Chicago Cubs.
“CHICAGO @Cubs” was the extent of Stroman’s initial tweet on Wednesday night.
Five minutes later, he followed up with a little more information: “Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities … Beyond excited to pitch in front (of) one of the best fan bases in all of sports.”
Stroman, 30, made a league-leading 33 starts for the New York Mets this past season after sitting out the entire COVID-shortened 2020 campaign. He posted a 10-13 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 51% ground-ball rate, while striking out 158 batters and walking only 44.
He was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2012 draft. He reached the majors with Toronto in 2014, won a Gold Glove for his fielding in 2017 and was an American League All-Star in 2019.
Later that season, he was traded to the Mets. Over seven major league seasons, Stroman has a record of 61-60 with a 3.63 ERA.
The one major league stadium where he hasn’t pitched in his entire career is his new home, Wrigley Field — which he also noted on Twitter.