Blue Jays Rumours: Marcus Stroman drawing interest from Reds
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is garnering possible trade interest from the Cincinnati Reds.
Toronto Blue Jays hurlers Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez have both surfaced as possible trade candidates this offseason following a very uneventful Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. It is speculated that the Blue Jays would have to be overwhelmed with an offer to move either of the young pitchers but their respective names are out there nonetheless.
The Reds are looking to overhaul their starting rotation this offseason and began working toward that goal earlier yesterday acquiring Tanner Roark from the Washington Nationals. Cincinnati has a plethora of prospects to tempt the Jays with, however, the likes of Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene will undoubtedly be off limits.
The Jays may be so inclined to set their sights on the likes of Taylor Trammell, Tony Santillan, and Jeter Downs when discussing a possible Stroman swap.
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The Jays also require pitching depth for the 2019 campaign, however, a return of quality prospects could outweigh their current need as they build for the future. Stroman is heralded around the league for his groundball and spin rate which make him appealing to prospective organizations.
It is also believed the brain trust is growing tired of Stroman and his propensity to take to social media to discuss Blue Jay related decisions. Stroman is very accessible to the fans but is also often criticized for his Twitter rants or opinions.
The 27-year old is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him make only 19 starts and sport an inflated 5.54 earned run average in 2018. Perhaps not the best time to shop the former World Baseball Classic MVP.
There is undoubtedly 28 other teams interested in the services of Stroman along with the Reds, the question is who will make the best pitch to acquire him.