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Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman details bromance with Red Sox P David Price

Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman details bromance with Red Sox P David Price

CLEVELAND -- Marcus Stroman was David Price's teammate for only 86 days, but those two-plus months were enough to leave a lasting impression.

Stroman and Price joined forces at the 2015 trade deadline when Toronto acquired the latter from Detroit in one of Dave Dombrowski's final moves as Tigers GM. They then helped the Jays reach the ALCS, where they lost to the eventual champion Royals in six games.

Four years later, Stroman lights up at the mention of Price's name, crediting the Red Sox left-hander for boosting his career.

"I love that man," Stroman said before the All-Star Game. "Everything about him. He just taught me that the game is much deeper than the game. He taught me about life, how he handles his family, his relationships, his people. He's just an unbelievable human being, which you don't find all the time. I can't say a bad word about Price.

"I can call him right now, he'd answer on the first ring. He's told me that whatever I need, he's a true friend of mine and I'm looking forward to having him in my life for the rest of my future."

The two have a bit of yin and yang to them. Price is 6-foot-5 and a former No. 1 overall pick out of powerhouse Vanderbilt in his home state of Tennessee. The 5-foot-7 Stroman hails from Long Island and was drafted at the end of the first round out of Duke.

Both have made their names in the American League East, and Stroman figures to be one of the most coveted starters on the market, with his hometown Yankees contenders to land the first-time All-Star, who is 5-9 with a 3.18 ERA. Stroman shrugs off the potential pressure of New York — "I'm scared of nobody," he said — and detailed what he learned from watching Price.

"Just how much of a workhorse you have to be," he said. "You have to be that guy to go out there and throw 200 innings, 33, 34, 35 starts, and be able to grind through whatever you're going through, when you have little aches and pains. You have to be that horse and that guy people look to to be the stopper."

Stroman's got a history with more than Price. He has jawed with the Red Sox this year, especially manager Alex Cora, but he believes the respect goes both ways between player, opponent, and even Red Sox fans. He said that he and Cora shared "a huge dap" at the All-Star Game to prove there are no hard feelings.

"It's just the Red Sox man," he said. "It's almost like you can get that playoff atmosphere even in the regular season, especially in Boston. It's a Monday, Tuesday night, everyone's yelling at you. The profanity they're yelling at you, I love it. It's hostile. It's fun. It makes the game really fun. They bring you up when you see the Red Sox as my opponent, it's like all right, I need to lock it in today.

"I know (the fans) respect me, and I know the Red Sox respect me as well. I'm cool with a lot of those guys. That's what people don't understand. In between those lines it's different, I'm a different person out there, I go to a dark place. It's like that killer mentality. Once I step back across that line, I'm not that guy. But I love playing against Boston."

He particularly loves the opportunity to see Price.

"If he pitched against me, I might root for him," Stroman said. "That's how much I love him. He deserves everything, every good thing coming for him. When he was a Blue Jay, that guy was on the top step every single inning when I was coming out, hyping me up, chatting me up, telling me I'm the man, fist-pumping me, and he told me to always remain myself — no matter what anyone says, he says, 'Stro, you always stay true to yourself.' Love that dude."

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

The Boston Red Sox may be looking to cut their payroll this offseason. But that doesn't mean that their rivals will be too.

In fact, some may spend big. And that includes the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have been reportedly interested in free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole. The former Houston Astro is expected to get a lot of money on the open market, and according to Bob Klapisch of the New York Times, the Yankees have made a record-setting offer for his services.

This would be a big signing for the Yankees, as they could use another top-tier pitcher for their starting rotation. And Cole would certainly fill that need.

Cole, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career for the Astros, logging a 20-5 record and posting a 2.50 ERA. He also struck out a league-best 326 batters and helped the Astros win the American League pennant.

While the Yankees offer is on the table, they are still competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels to earn his services, as Klapisch noted. We'll see if this offer is enough or if any of the teams involved in the sweepstakes up the ante.

And while the Yankees chase after Cole, the Red Sox are weighing some moves of their own. According to the latest rumors, they are expressing interest in a reunion with Rick Porcello.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

The Boston Red Sox may be trying to cut some payroll this offseason, but that isn't going to stop them from targeting some free agents. And that may include one of their own.

According to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, the Red Sox are having talks with Rick Porcello about a potential reunion. While the Red Sox may be interested in Porcello, Mastrodonato wrote that "it's unclear how aggressive the Red Sox will be in their pursuit."

He also noted that a short-term, incentive-based contract may make sense for both sides.

Porcello, soon to be 31, has spent the past five seasons with the Red Sox after being acquired in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier. He won the Cy Young Award in his second year with the team, 2016, but he has had issues in the seasons since that campaign.

In 2019, Porcello endured his worst campaign as a pro, logging a career-worst 5.52 ERA and 7.4 K/9, his worst mark since joining the Red Sox. Still, he posted a 14-12 record and still profiles as a solid back-end starter because of his ability to eat innings.

We'll soon see if the Red Sox end up being involved in the Porcello sweepstakes. If they are involved, they will have competition and may find themselves facing off with the likes of the New York Mets, who reportedly have an interest in Porcello.

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