The New York Yankees have been interested in Marcus Stroman for weeks now, and have reportedly exchanged asking prices with Toronto.
Marcus Stroman is currently one of the most-appealing pitchers on the trade market. The New York Yankees have a clear need within their starting rotation, and they may be nearing a solution.
Yankees not very involved for Mike Minor who has no-trade to them. They exchanged names in Stroman talks but see him and Robbie Ray as mid-rotation guys. Other options: could wait it out for MadBum (if SF starts to lose) or go heavy with pen, bulking up a strength.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 25, 2019
The Yankees are currently seeking a front of the rotation starter. But, the only pitchers on the trading block that fit that profile are Noah Syndergaard and Trevor Bauer. Neither player will come cheap for the Yankees.
Which is likely why they’re keeping tabs on Stroman. However, Stroman has performed as one of the best pitchers in the AL this season. The 28-year-old currently owns the third-best ERA in the AL (2.96). Stroman has also allowed just a single run over his last 14 innings pitched.
So while the Yankees don’t view him as an ace, there’s no question that he would significantly improve their starting rotation.
While it’s unaware as to which players the Blue Jays are demanding from the Yankees, they’ll likely be seeking a few of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects.
Deivi Garcia is most-likely the player the Blue Jays are set on acquiring from the Yankees. The 20-year-old is easily the best pitching prospect within the Yankees minor-league system. Garcia has quickly climbed through the system this year.
Beginning the season at high-A, and now currently pitching at triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Through his 16 starts at multiple levels this season, Garcia has recorded a 3.17 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .211 OPP AVG, and 124 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.
While it would certainly be a tough decision for the Yankees to part with Garcia, adding Stroman would give them a definite advantage over all the other contending teams in the AL.