The Toronto Blue Jays front office have been a public relations nightmare since jumping ship from Cleveland and their current mishandling of Marcus Stroman seems to be par for the course.
Marcus Stroman has been a member of the Toronto Blue Jays since 2014 and has done everything in his power to make Toronto and the country of Canada his home. Stroman genuinely cherishes playing north of the border and has repeatedly verbalized his interest to sign a long term extension to remain with the team.
The hurler has been a focal point of trade rumours since last season, yet the front office has not sat Stroman down and reiterated he is part of the plan moving forward. Furthermore, the team has not indicated to Stroman that they are indeed shopping him.
Love him or hate him, it is not often an American embraces the opportunity to play in Canada the way Stroman has during his tenure with the Blue Jays. Yet, Ross Atkins and company have not had the decency to keep Stroman apprised of their plans or state of affairs moving forward.
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The Jays desperately need quality starting pitching especially as Aaron Sanchez is once again proving he cannot be relied upon consistently. So why not keep Stroman in the fold long term? You know the guy who doesn’t want to leave the country, the same guy who is sporting a 3.23 earned run average on the fourth worst team in baseball.
But your right Atkins, why engage him in extension talks, why keep him in the loop to quell the tradewinds. Just keep stringing him along until you ship his elsewhere for some mediocre package of talent.
Stroman went on record following last night’s loss to reiterate he hears the same rumours we do every single day and won’t be surprised if he is traded. He also indicated he would like to sign with Toronto, however, the front office has yet again failed to do their due diligence.
Regardless if Stroman is dealt at the deadline, the Blue Jays dropped the ball once again and Marcus Stroman deserves better.