Mets' Marcus Stroman Has Decided to Opt Out of 2020 Season

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Marcus Stroman is opting out of the 2020 season.

The Mets right-hander, who was placed on the injured list just before Opening Day, announced his decision on Monday, citing the fact that he is looking out for the best intentions of his family and did not want to be in a situation of “many uncertainties,” he told reporters. 

"There is just too many uncertainties, too many uknowns right now to go out there," he said. "We decided as a family it probably wasn't best to continue forward this year."

The 29-year-old praised the Mets for their safety protocols, but said that he had concerns traveling with the team to Miami and the outbreaks that occurred on the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals factored into changing his mind about the season. 

Stroman did not pitch at all this season, spending the first two weeks on the injured list after taking a line drive off of his calf in an exhibition game before the season started. The right-hander assured his calf was 100% and did not affect his decision to opt out. 

While Stroman did not pitch at all this season, he has still earned enough service time to qualify as a free agent at the end of the season. 

The Mets had traded for Stroman at the July 31 trade deadline last season, giving up pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays in exchange for the right-hander. 

Stroman, a Long Island native, pitched in 11 games total for the Mets. He went 4-2 and posted a 3.77 with 60 strikeouts in 59.2 innings. 

He has become the second Mets player to opt out of the season since Opening Day. Yoenis Cespedes also opted out last Sunday in chaotic fashion in which the Mets say he did not communicate his decision to them after he left his hotel during a road trip in Atlanta. 

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