Tampa Bay Rays
As much as the Red Sox or Yankees could use a boost to their rotation depth chart, you could probably argue that the Rays could use it even more.
Or, maybe not?
The Rays have continued to use unconventional methods in 2019 and they’re currently at the top of the Wild Card standings, so it’s working whether old school baseball fans like it or not. Right now MLB.com has only three starters listed on their depth chart, which are Blake Snell, Charlie Morton and Ryan Yarbrough. They also have Tyler Glasgow and on the injured list, but they’re not shy about using the “opener” strategy.
Perhaps they’ll be comfortable continuing to go with that method throughout the year, but it wouldn’t be surprising to me to see the Rays “go for it” a bit this season, especially if the Yankees’ health continues to make them vulnerable. They should have payroll room despite their putrid attendance, and they have a very strong system if they want to part with prospects to improve their chances this year.
Maybe it’s possible they could pursue Stroman, but I would be less surprised to see the Rays inquire on Sanchez (on a discount because of the injury concerns), or even Buchholz or Richard if they’re healthy and performing. As I said above, they operate in unconventional ways and yet find a way to consistently compete with some of the best teams in baseball, even with a fraction of the payroll to work with.
I don’t think it’s likely that they’re a match here, but I wouldn’t rule it out.