Well, if it wasn’t already, it’s definitely official now that the Toronto Blue Jays convincingly won Marcus Stroman’s trade with the New York Mets.
Earlier today, former Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. The Howler tweeted a statement regarding his difficult decision, citing the unknowns and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic as mitigating factors.
Stroman has yet to start this season after being diagnosed with a small tear in his left calf. The 29-year-old will become a free agent at the end of the season after making just 11 starts for the Metropolitan after his acquisition on the trade deadline last season.
The Blue Jays acquired pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson in exchange for Stroman, which at the time was a highly controversial profession for the Toronto brain trust.
Stroman was 4-2 with a respectable 3.77 point average gained during his tenure in New York. However, looking back, the Mets would no doubt like a mulligan on the deal as the potential capital they gave away for 59.2 innings was pretty expensive.
Kay made three appearances, including a pair of starts for the Blue Jays after the trade last season. The 25-year-old is shooting efficiently out of the relieving box this season, averaging 1.13 earned runs in eight innings so far.
Woods Richardson is currently ranked fourth best prospect in the organization and is ranked 66th best prospect by Baseball America. The 19-year-old could prove to be the crown jewel of the trade when all is said and done.
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The much-maligned deal definitely turned out to be a huge victory for Ross Atkins and his company. Sometimes we just have to sit back and wait for the circle to come full circle to fully appreciate the deal.