Marcus Stroman takes on his hometown team Sunday in what very well could be his last start as a Toronto Blue Jay.
The Blue Jays management team has been taking calls on Stroman all year, and even though his win/loss record isn’t pretty, his under-laying numbers have been pretty solid. A 3.18 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP with an All-Star selection does have value on the market, the contenders have been watching.
The Blue Jays want the best possible package in return for Stroman. They don’t care if it’s a pitcher heavy package or a position player with a high ceiling, they just want value. With that being said, with a slew of infielders who have already arrived, and are still to come (we see you Bo), expect the Jays to try and land a stud pitching prospect or an outfielder that has at least 4 tools.
To me, Marcus Stroman has worn out his welcome. From the awkwardness of going from best friends to hardly teammates with Aaron Sanchez, to publically blasting his management team, Marcus Stroman has and always will wear his heart on his sleeve. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s times like the public comments about not receiving an extension offer that isn’t ideal for any ball club. Stroman doesn’t care, his ‘me against the world’ attitude would make 2Pac proud, but it’s not gaining any traction for sticking around for when the Blue Jays contend in a few years.
Marcus Stroman is going to get traded, and soon. The Blue Jays don’t care if they end up shipping him off to New York, as long as the package they receive back has a tremendous amount of value. My take is Marcus Stroman gets dealt to the Atlanta Braves and reunited with AA and Josh Donaldson on a young exciting team who play with chips on their shoulders.
Regardless of the destination, the journey of Marcus Stroman as a Blue Jay won’t be remembered for coming back from an ACL injury in less than a year to dominate in the playoffs, or the gold glove season, or an all-star selection.
It will be remembered for Marcus Stroman making everything about Marcus Stroman in the only way Marcus Stroman knows how.
So long Stro Show, thanks for nothing.