Marcus Stroman hasn’t been shy to express his feelings about the Toronto Blue Jays front office and he decided to take it further.
In an interview with Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, the former Blue Jays starter gave his thoughts on being moved and how his time ended in Toronto. While he’ll claim that he has moved on, he didn’t hold back when asked about whether the team had contract talks.
"“There was nothing offered ever from their perspective,” Stroman told Longley. “If they do say that, it’s a complete lie. It is what it is. That’s the truth. I’m not going to beat around that.“It’s pretty apparent. I’ve been waiting to take some type of deal since I’ve been there. I’ve been offered nothing.”"
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You always want athletes to be open and honest, in Stroman’s case it is something that has made him a polarizing figure but you also wonder what he hoped to accomplish with his comments?
He admits that he is willing to move on because there wasn’t a serious offer from management but you have to think there was some dialogue on a contract. As Longley mentioned in his article, there was some within the organization who found Stroman’s act tiring and it’s understandable.
Stroman didn’t hide the fact that there were words exchange after hearing he got traded. Again, you can see why he would be upset and he felt it was necessary to voice his displeasure but he didn’t help his situation either.
The Blue Jays were looking to get the best deal for the 28-year-old and that probably would have come from a team like the New York Yankees, a team Stroman said he would love to pitch for. It didn’t help when he made it clear on Twitter that there were no contract talks between him and Toronto which probably impacted the Blue Jays leverage in a trade.
Some might love the passion and confidence Stroman showed and it is one of the many characteristics that make him a special and beloved player but it’s not for everyone. It doesn’t help that the Blue Jays are trying to turn the page on a new chapter with their young prospects and didn’t see Stroman as a part of this core and that’s within their right.
He now gets a chance to return home and grow his brand and either build up his value ahead of free agency or convince the New York Mets that he can help turn things around.
At the end of the day, this is a business and the Blue Jays front office has a tough job ahead of them and while they have made some questionable choices, there are always two sides to every story and only Stroman is willing to make his side loud and clear.
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