Despite Surprise, Stroman Trade Reinforces Everything We Know

Nobody really thought the Blue Jays would trade Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets when reports first surfaced on Saturday with them as a possibility. Almost 24 hours later, we still don’t know how the Mets are going to proceed, though it appears as if their goal here was to corner the market on starting pitching and dictate where it moves in the last few days before the deadline. On the Blue Jays side of things, despite the initial shock of where Stroman was headed and the return that seemed light, when you look closer at the deal, it actually reinforces everything we know about this front office and how they operate.
They Have Their “Guys”
Since Ross Atkins took over we’ve repeatedly heard rumors of the club targeting the same player over and over again. Jay Bruce was targeted numerous times over the years, going back to Alex Anthopoulos’ days in charge, and continuing until Bruce finally hit free agency after the 2017 season. They also targeted Luke Maile a bunch of times before finally landing him off of waivers in April 2017. Those are some players we know of, but I imagine there are more examples where the …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

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