Marcus Stroman is one of the top starting pitchers expected to be traded in the next couple of weeks. How does he stack up against the rest of the starting pitching market?
The 28-year-old has been very good this year, entering last night’s start with a record of 5-10, an ERA of 3.25, and a WHIP of 1.274 through 19 starts and 108.1 innings pitched. He’s also been good for 2.6 bWAR so far this season and earned his first All-Star appearance when he made the trip to Cleveland, but unfortunately couldn’t play because of a sore pectoral muscle.
Stroman would be valuable as a rental, but an even greater part of his appeal is the fact that he’s under contract through the 2020 season as well, which means any acquiring team would get him for closer to a season and a half. That should not only increase the interested pool of teams, but it should also up the price they’re willing to pay for the former first-round draft pick.
Ross Atkins and the rest of the front office will do their best to maximize his value if they end up trading him before the end of the month, but that value is also affected by how many other pitchers are available on the market, their asking price, and of course their talent ceiling as well.
How does Stroman compare to the rest of the pitchers expected to be on the market? Let’s have a peak.