Blue Jays: Stroman and Atkins bury the arbitration hatchet
Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins and Marcus Stroman have reportedly spoken about the criticism hurled at the pitcher during the arbitration process and their relationship remains intact or that is at least what they want us to believe.
Yesterday afternoon Marcus Stroman broke the news on Twitter that he was unsuccessful in his arbitration hearing and the negative things said about him would never leave his mind. That twee has since been deleted but the shot was already fired across the bow by Stroman.
There is no questioning that the Stro-Show is emotional and wears his heart on his sleeve which will never change. He definitely is not the first player and won’t be the last to leave the arbitration process with a sour taste in their mouth.
Thankfully the Blue Jays management team realized the detrimental effect it had on Stroman and Atkins met the storm head-on with his young hurler today in Dunedin. Stroman spoke with the media and advised he was frustrated by the criticism but spoke with Atkins and their relationship remains strong, he also reiterated multiple times that he wanted to remain in Toronto long-term.
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Stroman is the face of the franchise and brings a level of competitiveness that is second to none, it may be in the Jays best interest to look at signing him long-term essentially buying out his remaining arbitration years and avoiding any further possible damage.
The below tweet set the social media world ablaze yesterday however it has since been deleted by Stroman. No word on if it was the Blue Jays who encouraged him to delete the tweet however it was like closing the barn door after the horse had escaped at that point.
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Knowing Stroman this will only motivate him to be better in 2018 and beyond and prove the arbitration naysayers wrong. Glad to see the team acknowledged the issue and addressed it in a timely fashion with Stroman, now let’s just hope it doesn’t come back to bite them.