Marcus Stroman accepts qualifying offer to return to Mets


Marcus Stroman was one of the best free agents available in the 2020 class, but it appears he won't be signing a long-term deal this winter. 

Stroman, who confirmed the news himself on Twitter Wednesday, accepted a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Mets. 

The 29-year-old opted out of the shortened 2020 season with the Mets, so it seems he'll return for one more season and then hit the open market again next year. 

In 11 games with the Mets after he was acquired at the trade deadline, Stroman posted a 3.77 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 60 strikeouts. He'll join a talented pitching staff featuring Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard (once returned from injury), that should challenge the Nationals as one of the best in the NL East.