In the name of asset management, there is a lot of speculation and predictions that the current management team are going to look at trading Marcus Stroman. That would be historically awful.
#BlueJays will reportedly try to trade veterans “to get more young talent in Vladdy’s age range”.https://t.co/UBcpf52Q6H
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It’s a historically common thing throughout baseball management. You trade away older players to acquire younger players that will coincide your timeline of where you want to be the most successful. The philosophy makes sense from a broad picture, but in this case with the current Blue Jays, it doesn’t add up.
The goal has been repeated and repeated again — be competitive by 2021. But trading away any of these assets, specifically Stroman, would put them farther back from that goal. No matter what, they’re losing track of their own objective.
Context is needed. Stroman is very good, perhaps even in the top echelon of starters in baseball currently. It’s been consistent throughout his career when he’s healthy. This year is especially proving that he can be dominant.
The third-best ERA in the majors among qualified starters, fifth-best …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation