The magical seasons of 2015 and 2016 are only three and four years in the rear-view mirror, but in some ways, it feels like it’s been 13 or 14 years since the Blue Jays have been in the playoffs.
Two of the biggest pieces of those playoff teams — Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez — were traded at the deadline. Any residual warm and fuzzy feelings about that era of Blue Jays baseball walked out the door with those two players.
Those pitchers were household names in Toronto and the Blue Jays’ front office took a lot of heat for trading away Stroman and Sanchez (and to a much lesser degree, Joe Biagini). “Underwhelming” was the consensus adjective which encapsulated the return for those pitchers.
It seemed like Stroman was destined to fetch a Top 100 prospect. A package centred around Sanchez, Biagini and Cal Stevenson surely would have brought back more than an outfielder the ilk of Derek Fisher. But that’s precisely what happened in those deals.
Three months after the fact, we finally have some context from Ross Atkins on why the Blue Jays made those transactions. And in turn, also provided a glimpse why MLB front offices do the things they do.
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation