After it was reported that teams were inquiring about the Blue Jays starter, it appears as though the Cubs and the Braves are the teams checking in.
It was initially reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network that teams have started to call about the young right hander. Joel Sherman of the New York Post, and Jon Morosi of MLB Network have since reported that the Cubs and Braves have been checking in on the Blue Jays starter. The Blue Jays are expected to keep him though.
The Chicago Cubs were also one of the teams reported to be in on J.A. Happ. After Happ went to the Yankees, the Cubs went out and got Cole Hamels from Texas in exchange for several minor league prospects. With the Cubs acquiring Hamels, their most likely no longer eyeing Stroman.
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Alex Anthopoulos and the Atlanta Braves on the other hand could use a starter. The Braves came into this season hoping to give some of their young prospects experience in the big leagues. Fast forward more then halfway into the season, and Atlanta is competing for the division in the NL east. With the Braves almost certainly going to be playing October baseball, they could use some rotation depth — Stroman could provide that.
Even with Stroman struggling as much as he has, teams still seem to be interested. If the Blue Jays were to trade him away this season, they wouldn’t be getting a top dollar return – it doesn’t make sense to move him.
With Stroman under team control until the end of the 2020 season, and he’s only 27, it makes more sense to hold on to him. Hope that this is just an off season and that he will bounce back towards the later stages of this season and towards next season.