Article Written by Hudson Stewart (@hudson_stewart6)
Over the course of last week’s MLB Winter Meetings, the names of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez were continuously brought up in trade talks. Teams such as the Reds and Braves have shown interest in them, but there doesn’t appear to be a deal close with either one of them. It seems like the Blue Jays are asking for a lot in exchange for Stroman or Sanchez in a trade, and that’s why it seems unlikely that a trade is made anytime soon.
Regardless of the fact that a trade isn’t likely at this point, it seems pretty crazy to me that the Blue Jays are willing to trade either of Stroman or Sanchez right now. Both of them are incredible young pitchers, each with 2 years left of team control, but they’re also both coming off of injury-riddled seasons where they barely pitched. The two made a combined 39 starts last season and didn’t pitch particularly well in those starts either. Stroman had a 5.54 ERA last season and Sanchez had a 4.89 ERA. The injuries have been especially frustrating in Sanchez’s case, who had a second straight season that was filled with injuries.
I’m not against the idea of trading them, in fact I think the Jays should trade them when the time is right. But right now, their value is at an all-time low and the return you’d get for them in a trade would be insufficient. If the Jays were to wait until the trade deadline this season, they could probably get a big return for at least one of Stroman or Sanchez, depending on which one pitched better/was healthier. I definitely think that these two can get back to their form from a few years ago, but the team needs to be patient and wait for that to happen, instead of just trading them in December.
That being said, I really don’t expect them to part ways with Stroman or Sanchez at this point, despite all of the rumors. They could just be testing the market on these guys, which is a normal thing to do, but I really hope that they’re not seriously considering trading one of them unless a team blows them away with an offer.
It also doesn’t make much sense to go into next season down another starter, considering the Jays’ rotation is already short on depth. Assuming neither Stroman or Sanchez gets dealt, the Jays will go into 2019 with a rotation centred around those two, Ryan Borucki, Sean Reid-Foley, and any potential free agent starter that they sign. I really like Borucki, but I’m not ready to make him the No.1 or No. 2 starter in this rotation just yet, and trading one of Stroman or Sanchez would put him in a tough spot for his sophomore season.
Speaking of free agency, the Jays have been very quiet in that area so far. According to Ross Atkins, they’ve “made some offers” but we haven’t seen any signings yet. Other than the release of Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays have been extremely quiet, which makes me think that they’ll probably announce some sort of signing soon. I doubt they’ll sign one of the big starters like Dallas Keuchel, but I’d be satisfied if they were able to get a veteran depth starter who could eat up some innings this season.
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