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3 Best Landing Spots for Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman at Trade Deadline

DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 01: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has had a solid season season so far in 2019, but with his team struggling to get wins while acclimating their young core to the bigs, many believe that he'll be on the trading block as the trade deadline approaches. Bouncing back from his 2018 struggles, he's posted a 3-7 record with a 2.84 ERA thus far. He has the ability to help a playoff contending team, but with a 23-39 record, the Jays will likely be watching the playoffs this season rather than participating. Here are three teams who could better use Stroman's services to help bolster their pitching rotations.

1. New York Yankees

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 06: Chad Green #57 of the New York Yankees reacts before being relieved in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 6, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays | Tom Szczerbowski

The Yankees starting pitchers haven't been terrible this season, posting the fifth-lowest ERA in all of baseball at 3.80. But with an aging CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ, as well as Domingo German on an innings limit and a healthy dose of James Paxton/Luis Severino uncertainty, they could use an injection of youth into their rotation. Older pitchers tend to wear down towards the end of the season, which doesn't bode well for the Yankees' current pitching situation. Bringing in Stroman would benefit the team greatly, especially once the postseason starts. It also doesn't hurt that Stro Show's the kind of hurler who gets extra amped on the big stage, and he's a New York native.

2. Philadelphia Phillies

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 5: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the mound after giving up a solo home run to Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game at Petco Park June 5, 2019 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres | Denis Poroy

Many fans believed the Phillies would be in the Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel sweepstakes. But after both pitchers signed elsewhere this past week, the Phils are still looking for someone to come in and help their struggling rotation. They currently have three starters that seem primed to to have an impact down the stretch in Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta and the recovering Zach Eflin, but they don't have anyone behind those three who they can count on. Stroman would slot right into Philly's rotation and shore up their pitching rotation come playoff time.

3. Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 06:  Freddy Peralta #51 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on June 06, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v Milwaukee Brewers | Dylan Buell

The Brewers have had a great season on the offensive end, hitting the most home runs in the NL and third most in the entire MLB. But, they haven't seen the same kind of success on the mound, posting the 18th worst ERA in the MLB at 4.55. Stroman would have an instant impact on the Brewers rotation; his 2.84 mark would be the second best in Milwaukee's current starting rotation. While their offense is clearly their focal point, pitching is paramount in October, and they've lacked consistency in that regard, experimenting rather than solidifying anything throughout last year's postseason. Stroman would bring some stability along with solid playoff experience to the Brewers, something they'll need if they hope to make a deep run this year.