Marcus Stroman

MLB Rumors: Marcus Stroman expected trade to Red Sox, other AL contender

MLB Rumors: Marcus Stroman expected trade to Red Sox, other AL contender

Even if you thought the Boston Red Sox wouldn't trade for Marcus Stroman, Marcus Stroman apparently felt otherwise.

The Toronto Blue Jays traded the right-hander to the New York Mets on Sunday in a move that surprised many -- including Stroman himself.

According to the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley, Stroman caused a "commotion" in the Blue Jays' clubhouse Sunday upon learning he was going to the Mets.

The New York Post's Mike Puma then added an interesting follow-up: Stroman was upset because he was joining the 50-55 Mets instead of a contender -- and was expecting to go to the Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros.

Stroman, a Long Island native, would have made sense for the Yankees, who boast a strong bullpen but desperately need another starter. The 28-year-old also would have bolstered an Astros rotation working with just four starters.

But the Red Sox recently acquired a starting pitcher in Andrew Cashner and likely would use their remaining assets to acquire bullpen help instead of another rotation piece.

Stroman is saying the right things publicly, expressing his excitement over pitching for the team he grew up watching.

Still, it's notable the veteran right-hander reportedly lumped the Red Sox -- who as of Monday sit one game out of the final Wild Card spot -- among serious American League "contenders" like New York and Houston.

UPDATE (3:20 p.m. ET): In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Stroman denied his disturbance had anything to do with going to the Mets.

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MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

Cross a potential pitching target off the list for the Red Sox at this year's trade deadline. 

According to a report from Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have agreed to trade Marcus Stroman to the Mets, pending the exchange of medical information. 

Stroman was named to his first All-Star game in 2019 and posted a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays over 21 starts and 124.2 innings. Stroman will join a Mets team 11.5 games back in the NL East and six games back in the NL Wild Card race. 

The Red Sox reportedly sent one of their top advisors to Stroman's start against the Tigers on July 19. While Stroman is out of the AL East for now, it does take one potential trade target for Boston off the board. 

The starting rotation's ERA ranks 17th in baseball, and if this weekend's series against the Yankees has taught us anything, it's that this lineup deserves help from the pitchers. 

Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard could be options to bolster the rotation while Kirby Yates and Daniel Hudson represent some possible upgrades in the bullpen. 

The MLB Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. EST on July 31. 

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