The Qualifying Offer this year will be $18.9 million and the Mets will have to decide whether or not to extend that to Marcus Stroman. In a normal year, this would probably be an easy decision. This year, maybe not so much. And on top of that, one has to decide if there’s any lingering grudge towards Stroman for waiting until he had amassed enough service time before opting out. He seemed genuinely spooked about the prospect of playing in Miami and it’s impossible to ridicule that decision, as Tomas Nido and a coach came down with Covid during the trip to south Florida. Still, it felt a tiny bit wrong.
Stroman would be an asset and the price seems ok. My feeling is that the Mets should reach out to their coaching staff and a few players to see how they would feel if Stroman was on the team in 2021. If they sign off that it would be no problem, my inclination would be to give Stroman the QO.