Just minutes before the MLB lockout began, the Chicago Cubs made their biggest move of the offseason by adding starter Marcus Stroman to the mix. After spending time with both the Toronto Blue Jays (via the draft) and the New York Mets (via trade), Chicago signed Stroman to a three-year $71million deal that includes an opt-out after the second year.
Not only does he possess an elite arm to pair with starter Kyle Hendricks at the top of the rotation, he has a contagious personality that oozes confidence and swagger. His role on this team is much more than just a pitcher, as an emotional leader for the team and fans alike.
We all know the shortcomings of the Cubs rotation in 2021 – and the front office immediately rectified that issue when the offseason began, not only adding Stroman, but also snagging veteran lefty Wade Miley. Obviously, these two have very different personalities and styles, but both should help get things back on track this year.
Cubs: Marcus Stroman and his swagger will usher in a new era
For the better part of seven seasons, the Cubs had Javier Baez in the infield just about every day. Known as “El Mago” (the magician), Baez was a fan favorite because of his brilliant defensive efforts, massive home run swing and a swagger that dripped onto the players around him. Alongside Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, he was “that dude.”
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Now, those former fan favorites are gone, and it is time to move on. Not only does Stroman coming to Chicago kick start the new era, it catapults it into high gear because of his ability to have fun playing the game he loves. Can what he does come off a little cocky? Sure, if you’re on the other side of it. But since he’s now on our squad, it is a welcome addition to a team ready for a new identity and a new beginning of winning baseball on the North Side.