Toronto Blue Jays need to remain patient with Marcus Stroman trade

Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Despite the MLB Trade Deadline approaching in a few days, the Toronto Blue Jays do not have to rush to trade Marcus Stroman.

You have to credit Marcus Stroman for not letting the trade speculation impact his performance on the field and you have to think the Toronto Blue Jays appreciate it too.

While Stroman has taken a professional approach off the field, you can’t blame for how he’s approached the constant rumours about his future. Right now, he has no control over how his situation plays out but he’s not going to just sit back either and the team got the message loud and clear.

Andy Martino of SNY reported recently that the Blue Jays were telling teams they were looking to extend Stroman rather than trade him, which seemed like a head-scratching scenario. Stroman called bullshit to that and he made sure everyone, including teams interested in trading for him, were aware of that.

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While that move might have backfired in the Blue Jays favour, that doesn’t take away the value the team has in trade talks involving Stroman. Teams need starting pitching and what Stroman offers is someone who can be a part of a post-season rotation considering he has pitched in big-game scenarios.

Toronto is also preparing for a Stroman trade by making changes to their rotation putting Thomas Pannone in Stroman’s spot while he is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday if he is not moved. Even though the Blue Jays do not have a lot of time left before the deadline comes and goes, they don’t have to rush into a Stroman decision.

Nobody wants to be put up against a deadline but considering how many teams are in the market for a starter and other potential sellers still undecided, the Blue Jays can afford to let one domino fall before moving Stroman.

You can bet management has their own deadline for when they want to get a deal done and they will try to leverage the best deal until then unless they get blown away with an offer.

The Blue Jays reportedly asked the New York Yankees for Gleyber Torres in a deal for the New York native which probably didn’t go over well with Brian Cashman. Hopefully, that doesn’t push one of the buyers away and maybe general manager Ross Atkins can get the Yankees to move closer towards their price like highly regarded pitching prospect Deivi Garcia.

It might be tough to remain patient with reports being tweeted at an almost hourly rate but at least we’re in the stretch run.

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