Should The Blue Jays Trade Marcus Stroman?

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Mar 4, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) stands on the mound as the pace of play clock hits one second during of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jays should listen to offers for Marcus Stroman

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Before you break whatever device you’re reading this article with, allow me to say that in no way do I assume that because past Jays prospects failed to live up to expectations automatically means that all Jays prospects will follow suit. I’m not even stating that the Jays should trade Stroman. Yet, what I am suggesting is that if it means acquiring a proven major league talent that can lead the rotation and come in as an established Ace, then the Jays should at least entertain the idea.

We all know that the Jays are in “win now” mode, and their starting rotation isn’t really doing much to help them out in doing so. Yet, if the Jays were to acquire someone like a Sonny Gray, or a James Shields, then they would have a leg-up over the competition and could very well make that playoff push. If it costs the Jays a package of Stroman and a few B-Level prospects, then the Jays need to consider it. Yes, it will be terrible to see if Stroman maximizes his potential and becomes dominant in the Major Leagues for another team, much like Noah Syndergaard. However, more than likely the Jays are going to be in a bidding war with other teams for certain starting pitchers, and Stroman could very well be a difference maker that helps them. If Alex is able to focus on the present and not cling to certain prospects if the return seems good enough to give them the advantage, then we may see him deal away prospects that we consider to be our future.

It’s important to note, though, that I am not encouraging the Jays to deal these high level prospects for rental players. Dealing away Stroman for a pitcher like Cueto is something that the Jays should stray away from. However, if it’s for a starter that is a proven major league ace, that has years of control available, then dealing away Marcus Stroman may actually help put them in the playoffs.

So please, I invite you to discuss this and welcome your opinion on the matter. Do you consider Stroman, or any other Jays player and/or prospect to be untouchable? Or do you think that, for the right return, any player can be dealt? Leave a comment below.

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