You can cross one team off of Marcus Stroman’s possible landing spots if he declines the Mets’ qualifying offer.
The right-hander is one of the top arms on the free-agent market but it doesn’t sound like he would entertain an offer from the White Sox, after recent developments with their new manager, Tony La Russa.
While the 76-year-old La Russa’s hiring last month was widely questioned, he came back into the news Monday when ESPN reported he had been charged with DUI one day before the White Sox named him manager.
“They knew, and they hired him anyway,” The Athletic’s Keith Law tweeted Monday night, to which Stroman replied, “smh [shaking my head],” with a face-palm emoji. Stroman went on to call the hire “baffling on all measures,” before another user asked him how much money it would take for him to play for La Russa.
“No amount of money honestly,” Stroman tweeted. “Peace of mind is always priority.”
In a separate Twitter exchange, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal posted a story asking how the White Sox could continue defending La Russa’s hiring.
“You can’t,” Stroman replied.
La Russa’s return to the dugout came as a surprise to many, immediately leading to questions over how he would connect with the White Sox’ young core. He also previously questioned Colin Kaepernick’s sincerity when he knelt during the national anthem in 2016, though he claimed upon his hiring that he has since changed his attitude on the subject.
Stroman, meanwhile, has until Wednesday to accept or reject the Mets’ qualifying offer worth $18.9 million. The Post’s Mike Puma has reported Stroman is leaning toward rejecting the offer.