Marcus Stroman calls out Toronto Blue Jays after losing arbitration case

TORONTO, ON - JULY 27: Marcus Stroman
TORONTO, ON - JULY 27: Marcus Stroman /

Marcus Stroman decided to take to Twitter, again, to share his frustration with the Toronto Blue Jays after losing his arbitration case.

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Spring Training for the Toronto Blue Jays and the rest of MLB, with position players following them in the coming days.

There’s one thing to wrap up before baseball gets underway once again: arbitration.

The Blue Jays and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman have been at odds all offseason over roughly $400,000.

The culmination of these negotiations came at Stroman’s hearing on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Jays starter, it’s not the outcome he had hoped for.

Stroman filed for $6.9 million, while Toronto filed for $6.5 million.

The arbitrator sided with the club and Stroman was none too impressed about it, or the way in which the club handled the hearing. He took to social media to air his displeasure.

Later in the day, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins was asked about Stroman’s tweet and arbitration case.

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This isn’t the first time Stroman has openly bashed the Jays on social media in his career. It’s not even the first time this offseason it’s happened.

Stroman notoriously called out the team for not informing him of their intention to let Ryan Goins — a close friend of his — walk to free agency.

In the case of arbitration, I’m sure Stroman knows as well as anyone that teams will say whatever they have to in order to win.

He must have felt that they went over the edge with their criticism of his resume, to have a reaction like this.

This is another instance that Stroman will add to the “HDMH”, chip-on-your-shoulder persona that has made him so popular amongst fans.

After all was said and done, Stroman did send out one last tweet to express his love for the Jays and Canada as a whole

The question now is, where do the team and Stroman stand?

The 26-year-old is known to be fiery. So when he says “The negative things said against me, by my own team, will never leave my mind,” it’s hard to think that it won’t be an awkward first workout this week.

The situation will definitely be worth keeping an eye on going forward. There will obviously be interest league-wide for the talented starter, who finished eighth in AL Cy-Young voting and won a Gold Glove in 2017.

Would the Jays trade one of their best, young assets? It’s hard to see that happening. But not out of the realm of possibility.

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Stroman is under team control until 2021, when he can enter free agency. It’s hard to say where he and the team are at, relationship-wise, after today. We’ll get a better idea as the season progresses.