4. Marcus Stroman – 2022
While it is not quite so dramatic as David Wells time with the Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman had a bit of chaos prior to his departure from Toronto. From the outside looking in, it appeared Stroman and upper management did not see eye-to-eye on the future of the organization and during the 2019 trade deadline, Stroman was traded to the New York Mets for a pair of pitching prospects.
The right-hander has a strong fan base in Toronto due to his work ethic and how much he embraced the city. This past week, Stroman was able to finally make his return to Toronto nearly three years after being traded.
Nerves may have overwhelmed him in the first inning as he loaded the bases but was able to get out of the situation without allowing a run. Stroman would go on to sit down 11 consecutive batters until he got into a bit of trouble in the fifth inning that led to the only run he would surrender. After plunking Danny Jansen and surrendering a passed ball to move him to second base, Vladimir Guerrero Jr would single home the Blue Jays catcher. Stroman would get out of the fifth inning, however, with his pitch count high, he was pulled from the game with a 2-1 lead. The Cubs bullpen would go on to blow the lead and the Blue Jays would come back to win 5-3, giving Stroman a no-decision.
Pitching Line: 5IP | 3H | 1R | 1ER | 2BB | 1K