Blue Jays: New suitors emerge in Marcus Stroman sweepstakes

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 6: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after getting the last out of the third inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 6: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after getting the last out of the third inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged as a possible suitor in the Marcus Stroman sweepstakes.

The Dodgers are reportedly lacking impact relievers and the addition of Marcus Stroman could afford them the opportunity to move a pitcher from their rotation into the bullpen as they prepare for the postseason push.

The Blue Jays ace has been the subject of multiple rumours with the likes of the Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Astros, and Mets all reportedly having some varying degree of interest in the hurler. Earlier yesterday, a story broke that the Mets may trade Noah Syndergaard to the San Diego Padres and then use some of the return to acquire Stroman.

The Stroman saga has been a daily soap opera with speculation running rampant on a possible landing spot for the pitcher. The Blue Jays attempted to gain some trade leverage earlier in the week indicating they may consider signing Stroman to a contract extension, the hurler quickly nixed those rumours on social media thus putting an end to the front office’s transparent mind games.

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The 2017 World Series champions could be the most likely of trade partners for Stroman. The brain trust has recently consummated a pair of deals with the Astros brass and Houston is said to be in the market for a front of the rotation starter especially seeing Gerrit Cole could leave via free agency in the offseason.

The Astros also have the prospect capital to sway a deal in their favour with the likes of Forrest Whitley, Josh James, Corbin Martin, and Framber Valdez all being very close to major league ready.

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The Blue Jays are undoubtedly hoping a bidding war develops for Stroman’s services before the July 31st trade deadline and right now that could conceivably happen.

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