Stroman was the second big name that the Blue Jays dealt away on Sunday, as they also sent outfielder Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays during their series finale against them. The right-hander made the All-Star Game in Cleveland for the first time in his career this season, despite a record of just 6-11 in 21 starts. Although, he does have a nice ERA of 2.96, which was the fifth-best in the American League.
The now former Blue Jays hurler has six major league seasons of experience, with a record of 47-45 with a 3.76 ERA, all of which have been with Toronto. He will now return home, as he grew up on Long Island, near one of his new teammates Steven Matz. Stroman's first home start will be his first-career start at Citi Field, but he has done well against the National League. In 20 interleague appearances with the Blue Jays, he has an ERA of 2.93 with 11 quality starts, and he will now face the Senior Circuit on a regular basis.
There were rumblings of possibly more moves being made after Sunday's game for the Blue Jays when their locker room was closed from reporters. Stroman did leave the Rogers Centre without talking to the media, but did take to Twitter to say a formal goodbye to Toronto. He tweeted "CANADA. TORONTO. Words can’t really explain the extent of my appreciation and love. Beyond thankful and blessed to have played for this unbelievable nation. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty. I’ll be back plenty in the future!"
The outspoken Stroman has had an up-and-down career north of the border, reaching double digits in victories twice, with 11 wins his rookie season in 2014, and then another 13 in 2017. Whether or not it was a rough season, Stroman has always been one to stay out on the diamond for as long as he can. He surpassed 200 innings in both 2016 and 2017, which is something the Mets welcome with open arms due to the troubles they've had with the bullpen. This trade has a lot of people around the baseball world scratching their heads on what the Mets' plans really are, but luckily for us, we only have to wait three days to really put the puzzle together. The rumors for now are that Stroman will stay with New York, Zack Wheeler could get extended, and either he or Syndergaard could still get dealt. We will now wait and see.