7 Blue Jays reunions we’d like to see at this year’s trade deadline

Who would you like to see back in a Blue Jays' uniform to help the team by the trade deadline?
Cleveland Guardians v Chicago Cubs, Marcus Stroman
Cleveland Guardians v Chicago Cubs, Marcus Stroman / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages
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With the Toronto Blue Jays continuing their winning ways in their recent strong stretch, they look to bolster their roster at the trade deadline as they head towards the final two and a half months of the season. The overall roster appears to be rounding into form, but nevertheless, a couple of invaluable upgrades may be enough to put them in strong playoff contention status.

In terms of trade options available, there are actually some former Blue Jays in the market that may become attractive targets for the ballclub and should be worth considering as a result. Here, we take a look at seven potential players that the Jays can think about bringing back for a reunion in helping their quest for the playoffs.

Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs

Everyone knows what Marcus Stroman can bring to the table. It’s more whether or not the Jays want to bring back his demeanor and energy to motivate and jumpstart the team, along with whether or not he presents more of a distraction to the already-focussed team. Ever since he was traded away from the team back in 2019, he has excelled with the New York Mets, along with his present team the Chicago Cubs. The assets the Jays got for Stroman are unfortunately no longer with the team, but at least one of them was used in helping the Jays get José Berríos, which helped keep the trade a little less one-sided.

For the 2023 season, Stroman is 10-6 with a stellar 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, including a complete game shutout, giving up 38 earned runs, 42 walks and 101 strikeouts in 118.2 innings pitched over 20 games started for the struggling Cubs team. He would easily slot in as the No.2 or No.3 starter in the Jays’ rotation, and by doing so, could instantly create starting pitching depth for the ballclub, as one extra body will need to be removed from the rotation, or the Jays can think outside the box and go with a six-man rotation for the rest of the year to provide adequate rest for their pitchers. But the key part remains, is Stroman’s uber amounts of energy and persona a right fit for the current Jays’ core?