Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman open to reunion in free agency

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6). (Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6). (Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports) /

As the Toronto Blue Jays focus their attention on their off-season moves, Marcus Stroman has expressed an interest in a reunion but not everyone is on board.

When the Toronto Blue Jays traded Marcus Stroman in 2019, some saw it as a fresh slate for the team and the player. Is the time for a reunion now?

Stroman is heading to free agency and with everyone wondering what the Blue Jays rotation will look like, fans have thrown out feelers to the pitcher about his desire to return to Toronto. In true Stroman fashion, he didn’t hold back his desire.

On the field, many Blue Jays fans remember Stroman beating the odds returning from a torn ACL in 2015 to help the team make a push to reach the World Series. He finished his six years in Toronto with a 47-45 record with a 3.76 ERA, 635 strikeouts and 221 walks.

In his two years with the New York Mets, the 30-year-old had a 14-15 record with a 3.21 ERA with 218 strikeouts and 67 walks. He also isn’t shy about making plays in the field winning a Gold Glove Award in 2017.

So on the field, there doesn’t seem to be a reason why Toronto shouldn’t consider Stroman as an option in free agency. However, there are other issues that fans will point to in their desire for the Blue Jays to look elsewhere.

Marcus Stroman’s personality still a concern for some Toronto Blue Jays fans

Not too long after he was traded out of Toronto, Stroman didn’t hold back his feelings about the front office about them not having any interest in keeping him around.

"“I’ve made the All-Star Game. I had a Gold Glove. I threw back-to-back [seasons] of 200 innings and I never heard a word from any of those guys [in the front office],” Stroman told Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. There was nothing offered ever from their perspective. If they do say that, it’s a complete lie. I’m not going to beat around that. I’ve been waiting to take some type of deal since I’ve been there. I’ve been offered nothing.”"

Sure the Blue Jays were ripping apart a core that made the team a World Series contender but by doing that, they also ushered in this new era that they are looking to sustain for more than two seasons.

We also know that Stroman isn’t afraid to speak his mind which has garnered mixed reviews from fans. Whether that’s something fans can deal with if he does end up signing will be interesting.

No door should ever be closed when you’re a team trying to take that next step and if Stroman is a piece that can help the Blue Jays then the front office will do their work and see if it’s a possibility.

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