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Marcus Stroman accepts Mets qualifying offer worth $18.9 million

The Mets extended the 29-year old pitcher a qualifying offer following the 2020 season, which he accepted on November 11.

Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Marcus Stroman won’t be hitting the free agency market just yet. The pitcher has accepted the Mets qualifying offer for the 2021 MLB season, worth $18.9 million.

Stroman was scheduled to pitch this season, but suffered a right calf injury just days before the season opener in July. Then not too long after, the 29-year-old decided to opt out of the season because of the coronavirus. The Mets will be excited to have Stroman, who was acquired at the 2019 trade deadline, back in the rotation full-time in 2021.

New York still has Jacob deGrom as their ace, but needs Stroman at No. 2, with Noah Syndergaard undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 11 starts for the Mets, the right-handed pitcher posted a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 3.77.

Marcus Stroman came up in the Blue Jays system, playing five seasons before being traded to the Mets in 2019.