“Everything about the Chicago Cubs is good.”

Ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline next month, veteran Cubs ace Marcus Stroman, 32, has spoken publicly about his desire to remain with the team.

“I want to be here for a long time,” Stroman recently told local media, before revealing his affection for the club by saying, “No matter what happens (at the trade deadline), the Cubs will be on my list of teams to sign with in the offseason when I become a free agent.” This season, Stroman has been stellar, with 10 wins (tied for fourth in the National League) and a 3.09 ERA (third in the league) through 22 starts.

The Cubs, however, sit in third place in the NL Central with a season record of 46 wins and 51 losses. They are also in seventh place in the wild card race, which is awarded to three teams per league, and are six games behind the third-place group, effectively eliminating them from the postseason.

This has led to speculation in the US media that the Cubs will soon trade some of their key players, including Stroman and Cody Bellinger, 28. According to a recent MLB.com report, Toronto, the team of Ryu Hyun-jin (36), is also interested in acquiring Stroman ahead of the trade deadline.

Bellinger was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers after last season due to poor performance, but he has bounced back perfectly in a Cubs uniform this season. He’s batting .317 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs on the season, along with a .913 OPS that combines slugging and on-base percentage. It’s a far cry from the 47-homer season he had with the Dodgers in 2019, when he won the National League Most Valuable Player award, but it’s his best in four years.바카라사이트

“Bellinger and I would love to stay on the team, but it’s not something we can control,” Stroman said. Baseball is a business after the game is over. “But anyone who has been through something like this before knows that parting ways with a team is out of a player’s control. The decision is ultimately up to the Cubs’ front office,” said Stroman.

Stroman, a native of New York State, was drafted by Toronto in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He made his major league debut just two years later in 2014, posting a stellar 11-6 record and 3.65 ERA in his first year. He then moved on to the New York Mets before joining the Cubs last year. His career record in the big leagues is 77-74 with a 3.57 ERA.

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