5 potential partners in a Marcus Stroman trade: #4 - Toronto Blue Jays
Everybody loves a reunion, right? The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves amongst a handful of high-powered rosters that have underperformed to this point in the 2023 season. Toronto is 6 1/2 games out in a loaded American League East, despite a $212 million payroll that ranks seventh in the sport.
Former AL Cy Young winner Alek Manoah has been a total disaster for much of the year, with a 6.10 ERA and 1.797 WHIP - even earning a demotion to the minors at one point - and the Blue Jays rotation, as a whole, has picked up the slack to keep the team in the hunt for a postseason spot. But bringing back Stroman could prove to be a critical move if the team wants to chase down Baltimore in the division race and avoid a Wild Card series to open the playoffs.
Stroman, of course, pitched for the Jays from 2014 to 2019, but left on bad terms, tearing into the front office after being dealt to the Mets. That, paired with Toronto's depleted farm system, makes a reunion improbable - but not impossible.