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Marcus Stroman unhappy after losing arbitration case

Jesse Borek



Sep 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) throws a pitch in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman has officially lost his arbitration case. As a result, Stroman promptly took to Twitter after learning of such a decision while clearly expressing his frustration.

Stroman will be entering his fifth season as a member of the Blue Jays, having earned $3.4 million last season. Barring a new contract that buys out his final two years of arbitration, he will have to go through the process twice more.

He enters the year coming off a 33-start campaign in 2017 in which he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA. He worked at least 200 innings for the second consecutive season, claiming the American League Gold Glove Award for pitchers and finishing eighth in American League Cy Young Award voting.

Toronto nabbed Stroman with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Duke. The Long Island, New York product was selected in the 18th round by the Washington Nationals, but chose instead to go the collegiate route. Ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the game prior to 2014 by Baseball Prospectus, Stroman joined the Blue Jays rotation on a semi-regular basis for the first time that season. He was expected to enter his first full year in 2015, but a torn ACL before the year could begin limited him to just four starts.

Over his 95 appearances with Toronto — 89 of which have been starts — he owns a 37-25 record with a 3.61 ERA. He is expected to settle at the top of the Blue Jays starting rotation entering the 2018 season, which opens at home on March 29 against the New York Yankees.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.