Former New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, now of the Cubs, took a parting shot at the front office in Queens.
Stroman is a Long Island native, so he likely didn’t take his Mets departure well, especially considering New York spent a boatload of money in free agency on pitchers not named, well, Marcus Stroman.
Max Scherzer, Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar received a combined $228 million. Meanwhile, Stroman signed elsewhere with the Chicago Cubs once he realized he was no longer in the Mets’ long-term plans. Stroman inked a three-year, $71-million deal on Dec. 1 before the MLB lockout.
There appears to be no love lost between Stroman and the Mets, as the right-hander ripped general manager Billy Eppler in a since-deleted tweet.
“Just look at who the Mets hired as their GM,” Stroman tweeted about Eppler. “That tells you enough. His lack of awareness in his previous position is being exposed to the public now. I’m beyond thankful I’m gone from that organization. God got me!”
Marcus Stroman takes shot at Mets GM Billy Eppler
Eppler last served as general manager for the Los Angeles Angels from 2015-20, where he pulled off some rather large signings including the likes of Justin Upton and Justin Upton. His best decision was opting to sign Shohei Ohtani, then a relative unknown, and now one of the best players in all of baseball.
The Mets hiring Eppler was seen as a strange move at the time, as one would expect Steve Cohen to go with an executive a little more proven. Yet, as we’ve seen this offseason, Eppler isn’t afraid to spend Cohen’s money.
If anything, that’s exactly what the richest owner in baseball wants for his on-field product.