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Yankees sign starting pitcher Marcus Stroman

The New York native has crossed boroughs after a detour in Chicago and will play in the Bronx in 2024.

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Sometimes, Instagram can be a place to break news.

After posting a doctored image of himself in Yankee pinstripes, news broke from Mike Mayer of Metsmerized that free-agent righty Marcus Stroman was signing with the Bronx Bombers. The 32-year-old will fill out in the starting rotation as a key depth piece after the prospects moved to land Juan Soto, and represents a much less risky signing than someone like reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell.

Both Stroman’s camp and the Yankees have spent the past week dancing around each other, as it appears whatever animosity existed between the two sides is either dust in the wind or not worth the money the deal is. Whether this represents the major move for the rotation this winter, or there’s something else coming is still up in the air. Right before news of the Stroman signing broke, it was leaked the club had offered a five-year, $150 million deal to Snell.

But Stroman will go to the Bronx, as Bob Nightengale and Jon Heyman confirmed the reports.

Unless something weird happens with Stroman’s physical, he is indeed a Yankee. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has the terms at $37 million guaranteed from 2024-25, with a vesting player option for another $18 million in 2026 if he reaches 140 innings.

Stroman, a native of New York City, had a 3.95 ERA for the Cubs last year in 136.2 innings, and one wonders what Matt Blake may be able to do with his sinker after success with other sinkerballers like Michael King and Clay Holmes. It’s hard to go wrong with a two-year deal for a veteran who can fill innings in a rotation that needs them, so welcome to the Bronx, Marcus.