Marcus Stroman is opting out.
The Mets announced Monday the right-hander decided to sit out the rest of the season because of coronavirus concerns. He becomes the second Mets player to opt out, eight days after Yoenis Cespedes left the team in Atlanta without initially informing the Mets of his decision.
Stroman, who had been working his way back from a preseason calf injury, said it was “incredibly hard” to decide to opt out, and his decision is purely based on COVID-19 and has nothing to do with his calf. Stroman, 29, is set to become a free agent at the end of the year without throwing a pitch in 2020.