The Blue Jays and New York Yankees have “spoken” about right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman, according to a recent report.
Davidoff adds that the team has also scouted San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner as well.
Finally, Davidoff hints that Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez “is very available”, though he draws no links between Sanchez and the Yankees at this point.
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In a purely speculative analysis, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith highlights the Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres as “possible suitors” for Stroman.
Previously, Stroman had been linked to both the Padres, Astros, and Cincinnati Reds in preliminary trade rumours.
Stroman, 28, is primed to be one this summer’s hottest trade commodities. Having pitched to an ERA of 3.31 in 81.2 innings across 14 starts thus far, he has bounced back in excellent fashion this season.
Stroman’s 63 strikeouts place him 27th among American League pitchers, while his 81.2 innings pitched tie him for eighth in the AL with Mariners hurler Mike Leake. He carries a record of 3-8 and leads the team in innings pitched and is tied for the team lead in starts.
The Yankees (39-24), have had issues with their starting rotation this season, with Luis Severino and Domingo Germán both hitting the injured list recently, and J.A. Happ not pitching as well as they’d like. More to come if and when the story develops.