Though there’s been loads of trade speculation, Marcus Stroman tweeted to assure Blue Jays fans he’s not going anywhere.
While Jon Morosi’s recent tweet about the Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman sparked some debate within the fanbase about his future with the team, the young hurler himself commented on these rumours, debunking them outright in a tweet Monday afternoon.
Stroman emphatically proclaimed his love for Toronto (and Canada) and assured fans that the rumours were based on no facts whatsoever. Responses to the tweet encouraged Stroman that the Blue Jays fanbase appreciates and loves him as a pitcher and competitor.
Stroman, 27, pitched to an ERA of 5.54 in 102.1 frames this year, battling injuries and inconsistency, yet still remaining a fierce and passionate competitor. Many fans, though occasionally disappointed with his performance, maintain a strong sense of pride in the young Stroman, a native of Medford, New York.
The Cincinnati Reds, the team that Morosi had suggested had some level of interest in acquiring Stroman, were reportedly interested in him at the 2015 trade deadline, when they proposed a deal involving Johnny Cueto. The reported swap also had the Reds wanting more than just Stroman, according to several sources.
While it’s not absolute that the trade rumours are false, Stroman’s tweets are a solidly reliable source, as one would think he’d be kept in the loop as speculation runs amock.
Still, we’ll have to follow this development closely as the offseason progresses into the winter and trade talks are brought up and sifted through.
For now, the speculation appears to be rather dead, though no one knows what could arise during the rapidly approaching Winter Meetings. It always appears that at that time, deals spawn within hours and franchise-altering moves become the virtual norm.