Mets’ Marcus Stroman says he’s added some Jacob deGrom-inspired tweaks to his delivery.

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Marcus Stoman is arsenal of pitches is already among the best of any pitcher in baseball, but it turns out that the Long Island native has added some tweaks to his delivery, inspired by none other than two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.

“I’m excited to be around him. I literally go out and just watch his bullpens like a little kid,” Stroman said. “I sit right behind him in his bullpens. He lets me sit there, chill, ask him questions. He’s the man, bro. He’s so lowkey, but he’s the man and he’s always open to helping and always just wants you to be your best as well.

But even Stroman knows that as hard as he or anybody else can try, there’s no one out there who can exactly replicate what deGrom does every time he takes the rubber. And that has a lot to do with what Stroman calls the game’s greatest delivery.

“DeGrom’s got the best mechanics, I tell anybody, and a lot of it’s his body, how much of an athlete he is. A lot of it is also physical and what he was born with,” Stroman said. “I think deGrom has the best hip disassociation out of any pitcher or anybody in the league, and you can’t replicate.

This is why you can’t say ‘Oh, go have deGrom’s mechanics.’ Nobody can have that. His hip disassociation, his ability to open up his hips on his stride length and keep his top half still loaded back is fing incredible. You can’t teach that.”

DeGrom’s numbers over the course of the last three seasons are just downright silly. In his 76 starts, the Mets’ ace has pitched to a 2.10 ERA and 0.943 WHIP, striking out 11.6 batters per nine innings while compiling a 20.0 pitching WAR.

DeGrom is unbelievable. As long as he stays healthy for 30 starts, deGrom’s gonna win [the Cy Young Award]. DeGrom’s the best pitcher in baseball, bro.

I thought this before being around him. After being around him, it just kind of puts it in stone, man. That guy is one of the most elite pitchers that we will ever speak about UFA.

“I can’t wait to be around him for a full year. I think I’m going to learn so much from him. Plus, my body, my mind’s at the best place it’s been in my career… I actually believe my best years are ahead of me. So, I’m just excited, man.”

Giants trade for outfielder LaMonte Wade from Twins for Shaun Anderson.

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As he talked about the Tommy La Stella addition on Thursday morning. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi hinted that another left-handed bat was coming, this time via a trade. The Giants didn’t take long to make that move.

The Giants are sending reliever Shaun Anderson to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for LaMonte Wade Jr. A versatile outfielder who hits from the left side.

Wade Jr. has options remaining, which makes him a candidate for the fifth outfielder job. An ideal fit for a front office that needs more players capable of being used in Triple-A and the big leagues this season. 

Earlier Thursday, Zaidi said the Giants could target outfielders who have options remaining. Could maybe compete with some of our younger outfielders, guys like Jaylin (Davis) and Steven Duggar, for some of the at-bats and maybe that last spot on the roster.”

Wade Jr., 27, was a ninth-round pick in 2015 and worked his way up to the big leagues four years later. He has played 42 games for the Twins across the last two seasons, batting .211 with a .336 on-base percentage and a couple of homers.

That OBP is key, as it’s the stat that has stood out throughout Wade Jr.’s career. He has a .389 on-base percentage in the minors and was at .392 in Triple-A in 2019. In more than 2,000 minor league plate appearances, Wade has more walks than strikeouts, although he has never provided much power. His career-high in a season is 11 homers.

Wade played all three outfield spots in the minors and has plenty of experience in center. The Giants could use a left-handed option to pair with Mauricio Dubon UFA.

Done deal: Arenado traded from Rockies to Cardinals.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals completed their blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

St. Louis dealt left-hander Austin Gomber and four minor leaguers to the Rockies. Infielders Elehuris Montero and Mateo Gil along with right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers UFA.

As part of the trade, Colorado will send cash to St. Louis to offset part of the money Arenado is due in his contract.

Nolan Arenado had been set to be paid $199 million over the remaining six seasons of a $260 million, eight-year contract. As part of his agreement to waive a no-trade provision, Arenado agreed to add a season to his deal. Which now extends for seven seasons through 2027.

His deal had given him the right to opt out and become a free agent after the 2021 season. His new contract gives him the right to opt out and become a free agent after either the 2022 or 2023 season.

”Many have heard me say that one of the great things about baseball is that you always have a chance to get better.”

Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. ”Today we got better! A deal of this nature, acquiring a player of Nolan’s considerable talents, are the ones that can set you apart in many ways.”

The 29-year-old Arenado has hit .293 with an .890 OPS over eight seasons. Averaging 35 home runs and 114 RBIs per 162 games. Aided in part by hitter-friendly Coors Field, he’s led the National League in home runs three times and topped the majors in RBIs twice.

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Masahiro Tanaka had reportedly said that he’d only remain in the United States if the Yankees re-signed him. But following the signing of Corey Kluber.

After returning to Japan to pitch for the Rakuten Eagles. Former Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka spoke to the Japanese media to discuss why he decided to come back home.

And from the sounds of it, the Yankees didn’t appear all that interested in bringing him back.

“At the instant I became a free agent, truthfully, my desire was to re-sign with the Yankees and continue playing for them,” Tanaka said.

But at a very early stage, I heard from them through my agent and felt it would be better if I considered other options. Which I considered, including a return to Japan.”

Masahiro Tanaka had reportedly said that he’d only remain in the United States if the Yankees re-signed him. But following the signing of Corey Kluber and the trade for Jameson Taillon. It became pretty apparent the team was moving on. When they signed the right-hander in 2014, the Yankees paid the Eagles a $20 million posting fee and signed him to a seven-year, $155 million contract.

Tanaka debuted for the Eagles as an 18-year-old in 2007 and went on to play seven seasons there. He went 99-35 with a 2.29 ERA and was an absolute workhorse, tossing 53 complete games in 172 starts. His final season in Japan was one for the record books, in which he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings.

The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Eagles, but left the door open for a possible MLB.

“We agreed on a two-year contract but I received assurance we would talk after the season. And see where to go from there,” Tanaka said. “I certainly can’t tell at this stage. Also, I feel I have unfinished business in America, and I haven’t given up on that.

So they agreed on terms that would keep those options open. But without throwing away those goals, I really want to win a Japan championship here.