The Reds are searching far and wide for trades at the winter meetings.
According to ESPN, Cincinnati is interested in a possible deal for Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Reds interested in a possible deal for the Jays’ Marcus Stroman.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2018
Stroman is coming off of a rough year in which he went 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA. He dealt with a couple of injuries and tossed just 102 1/3 innings.
However, the 2012 first-round pick is widely regarded as one of the best young arms in the game.
The 27-year-old finished eighth in the American League Cy Young voting in 2017 and has thrown more than 200 innings in two of the last three seasons.
Stroman gained notoriety when he was the winning pitcher in the United States’ World Baseball Classic-clinching victory over Puerto Rico in 2017.
The former Duke Blue Devil tossed 15 1/3 innings and posted a 2.35 ERA at the WBC. The Blue Jays tendered Stroman a contract after the season but it is unclear how much he’ll make in 2019.
Stroman will be a free agent after 2020. He has had issues with his contract in the past as he openly expressed his distaste with the process after Toronto won the arbitration hearing last season and settled on paying him $6.5 million in 2018.
The Reds have more than enough prospect-wise to acquire Stroman. According to MLB Pipeline, Cincinnati has four of the top 51 prospects in all of baseball.
Cincinnati acquired starting pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals earlier Wednesday.