Marcus Stroman
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Marcus Stroman is “crazy excited” to join the struggling New York Mets squad after being traded by Toronto Blue Jays.

The New York Mets decided to completely upend the trade deadline Sunday by acquiring Marcus Stroman despite the fact that most don’t see them as realistic contenders. Stroman was actually linked much more heavily to the New York Yankees than the Mets, as they were considered a top contender for his services.

However, Stroman now joins childhood friend and fellow Long Island native Steven Matz in Queens. While it was undoubtedly a shock for Stroman to go from a Toronto Blue Jays team that he’d spent his entire career with to a team that he had no real expectations to play for, he is handling the news well.

Stroman took to Twitter to post a picture of himself as a child in a Mets jacket. In the tweet, he stated that he is “crazy excited” to join his new team, which happens to play in the same state his family lives in. He also claimed “some things were meant to be!” while speaking of his excitement.

There were reports that Stroman was not happy with the trade, but this tweet shows that the righty hurler is ready to roll in Flushing.

Stroman has had a successful career to this point, pitching to a 3.76 ERA with a 1.278 WHIP. He generates ground balls at a great rate, but he doesn’t strike many batters out, averaging only 7.2 K/9. However, his HR/9 is a microscopic 0.8 for his career, which is especially impressive given the era of home run hitting baseball is currently in.

Stroman is also a fiery competitor who wears his emotions on his sleeve, which could play well in New York, where fans love to see passion from their players. He was an All-Star this year and won a Gold Glove in 2017, and is under team control through 2020, when he is eligible to reach free agency.

It might not be clear what the Mets’ plan is, but Stroman appears to be excited to be a part of whatever it may be.

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