With a rumored offer on the table, Jays From the Couch offers up a Toronto Blue Jays poll: Marcus Stroman for Charlie Blackmon?
So, it is no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays are looking for outfield help. And, they won’t be scraping any barrels to find it. No, they are in a position to compete in the American League and will be looking for high quality pieces to fill these holes. We’ve already heard about their “strong” interest in Dexter Fowler. And, if we know anything about this club it is that they will explore any and all ideas, including trades.
According to Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have at least fielded an interesting trade conversation:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 7, 2016
Charlie Blackmon would certainly be an interesting pickup for the Blue Jays. The 30 yr old lefty bat is coming off a year where he hit 29 HR and drove in 82 while slashing .324/.381/.552 in his best season, by far (3.9 WAR). For his career, he is a near .300 hitter. What would be somewhat refreshing is that his K rate of 16% is well below what we’re used to seeing from many a Blue Jay.
Blackmon also offers speed that Toronto is in need of. He put up 28 and and 43 steals in 2014 and 2015 respectively. While his 2016 total of 17 is down from that pace, he did put up a Spd value of 5.9 and BsR value of 3.1. Defensively, he would likely slide into the LF spot, where he is solid. His defensive numbers take a dip in the other positions of the outfield, but he will not be any worse than what we’ve watched for the past couple of seasons.
Blackmon is about to enter his 2nd year of arbitration and will be a free agent in 2019. That provides a team with a couple more seasons of team control.
In order to make the above deal work, the Blue Jays would have to part with Marcus Stroman. Obviously, they are not willing to do that. And, this is not to tell you whether that is right or wrong. That’s what the poll below is for. You can decide. In your decision, you will likely consider what the #StroShow offers.
In his first 200 inning season, Stroman went 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA. It certainly wasn’t the season we thought we might get after he gloriously returned from his knee injury in September of 2015. Then, he dominated. In 2016, he wasn’t as effective over the whole season, but he did show signs of his brilliance.
Much is made about the swagger that he brings to the mound, as well as his bulldog approach. He will not back down or be intimidated by anyone. It is the confidence that combines with his wonderfully delicious repertoire of pitches. Last season, he struggled a bit with his command, but overall, he has the “stuff” people dream over. He’s the kind of pitcher you hang on to. Even if he never wins a Cy Young Award, he will definitely be an effective starter. Those don’t grow on trees. You can see why a team like the Rockies would be asking for him, especially when you consider the 4 more years of team control on him.
So, if you’re the Blue Jays, do you pull the trigger on this deal? Doing so would create a hole in what was the AL’s top rotation in 2016. But, a guy like Blackmon won’t come cheap. How badly do you want to add an effective lefty bat in an outfield position? Have your say in our poll
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