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
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
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
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.