REPORT: Marcus Stroman Has A Major Decision To Make & May Have Already Made It

Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Marcus Stroman has not only made a triumphant return to the team’s rotation but has also sparked speculation about his future with the organization.

According to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, Stroman is likely to return to the Cubs for the 2024 season.

Mooney noted: “Stroman’s public lobbying for a contract extension probably revealed some apprehension about how he would be viewed on the free-agent market, as well as an appreciation for his setup with the Cubs. It appears to be highly likely that Stroman will opt into his $21 million salary for next season.”

This sentiment was echoed by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who stated: “Chicago Cubs starter Marcus Stroman, who was planning to opt out of the final year of his contract that will pay him $21 million next season, now is expecting to stay in Chicago without an extension.”

Stroman was initially considered a contender for the NL Cy Young Award this season, but his performance has dipped as the year went.

Currently sporting an ERA of 3.88 and a record of 10-8, he has battled multiple injuries that have taken a toll on his effectiveness.

The Cubs have a record of 82-76 and are locked-in an epic battle for Wild Card positioning in the National League. 

Looking ahead to the offseason, the Cubs will face decisions on several key players, including free-agent Kyle Hendricks.

With rotation options like Drew Smyly, Jameson Taillon, Justin Steele, and rookie Jordan Wicks, the team has some flexibility but must carefully consider its future strategy.

However, no Cubs fan wants to think about the Hot-Stove just yet. 

When that time comes, they will be met with the likely reality that Stroman will be staying in Chicago.

What do you think about Stroman?

Do you think the Cubs will make the playoffs?

If they do, do you think they could be dangerous in the postseason?