8 starting pitchers the Blue Jays should target at the trade deadline

With the Toronto Blue Jays needed more quality starting pitching depth to help strengthen their playoff chances, we offer some options who should be considered ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
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Marcus Stroman

It is often advised you should never return to a former partner (in most areas of life). And certainly, the breakup between the Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman resulted in some lingering resentment from the latter.

In addition, Stroman has made it clear he loves playing in Chicago and would like to remain long-term in the windy city. As per a recent tweet however, the Cubs are not prepared to discuss an extension at this time, thus giving the Blue Jays a potential opening.

And it's a potential opening the Blue Jays have to consider, purely based on the 32-year-old's form this season. Standing out particularly, his 2.96 ERA and 1.109 WHIP are projected to be single-season bests in qualifying seasons. (He only started four games in 2015, when he had a 1.67 ERA and 0.963 WHIP.)

Despite his diminutive stature by MLB standards, Stroman has shown an impressive durability and toughness during his decade in the Majors. In addition, he seems to have improved overall since entering his 30s.

The Medford, New York native undoubtedly deserved his second All-Star selection this year. His array of pitches continue to serve him well, especially his fastball and slider.

The chances are Stroman won't end up back in Toronto, but it's still worth making the approach to give him the chance to return to familiar territory with a contender. Plus, he has the control of a player option for next year, or becoming a free agent after this season.