Marcus Stroman Jul 1, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) walks onto the field before the game against the Cleveland Guardians at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Stroman has a bit of a reunion ahead of him as he heads to the New York Yankees. He signed a two-year deal with the team.

While he grew up cheering on the pinstripes, he still leaves two strong seasons behind with the Cubs.

He took to Instagram to post a thank you to Chicago fans and the organization.

“Shout to Chicago and the entire Cubs fanbase/organization,” he wrote in an Instagram story Tuesday. “Incredible city. Loved every moment being there. Pitching at Wrigley was electric each and every time. Very thankful to have competed for one of the most historic franchises. Grateful for the coaches, my teammates, and staff there. All amazing human beings. Thank you for the support and love over the past few years!”

Stroman was one of the under appreciated free agent pitchers this winter following a strong first half of a 2023 season.

He was in Cy Young conversations after a 2.96 ERA, which led him to an All-Star selection. That number ended up ballooning to 3.95 toward the end, however. He also struggled with a rib cartilage fracture which appeared to hinder him more than what was talked about.

Stroman opted out of his 2024 option with the Cubs.

The 32-year-old was born in Medford, N.Y., and said that overtime he loved pitching at Yankee Stadium.

He also had a stint with the Mets so the pressure of playing sports in New York won’t be new to him.

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