The Philadelphia Phillies have “shown interest” in Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Morosi adds, in a separate tweet, that the New York Yankees are expected to have a “significant scouting presence” at Stroman’s start on Friday night in Detroit.
In particular, Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News adds that Jim Hendry, the Yankees’ special assistant to the general manager, will be in attendance.
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As of this writing, Stroman owns the American League’s eighth-lowest ERA and WHIP and WAR numbers that place him firmly within the top 20 of each respective category.
One of the most revered assets likely for sale at this year’s trade deadline, the Blue Jays will likely have lots of interest parties reaching out to discuss a trade.
Additionally, it was reported by several sources last week that some teams, including the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, have explored trade options involving both Stroman and closer Ken Giles, who is also said to be available. Giles however, has not been connected to any specific clubs at this point in time.
While Giles is still said to be recovering from a minor elbow issue that kept him sidelined for much of the month of July, Stroman appears healthy despite a scare before the All-Star break.