Ross Stripling brings reliability
This is a deal to like because Stripling has two years of control left and he will likely be used in various roles.
Unfortunately, he has been the victim of a high home run rate which has pushed his ERA to 5.61 but clearly the Blue Jays don’t see that as a problem. Considering the different injuries the team has, Toronto will gladly take advantage of his versatility.
"“Ross Stripling is a guy who’s been reliable, really good weapons, incredible secondary options and he’s throwing harder this year,” Atkins explained. “He struggled a little bit against right-handed hitting, so hopefully we can help him there, but adding two very reliable arms — and one of them that could be a member of our organization for an extended period of time.”"
The Blue Jays are probably hoping to get Stripling to regain his form from 2018 when he had a 3.02 ERA over 21 starts and 12 relief appearances. As Matheson mentions, the team probably like the fact that he has Stripling as an option in 2021 and considering he was a former all-star, you will take that for the price that was paid.
This season, the 30-year-old has a 3-1 record with 27 strikeouts, 11 walks and has made seven starts for the Dodgers this season. Los Angeles also had a wealth of arms which made it probably an easier trade to make for Toronto.