Stroman doubts long-term future is with Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman doubts he will be committing to the MLB franchise on a "long-term deal" amid speculation over his future.
The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in dealing for 2017 Gold Glove Award winner Stroman before the July 31 trade deadline.
Toronto could look to move Stroman, who has one year of control following this season and enter free agency in 2020.
The 28-year-old pitcher discussed the trade rumours after Toronto's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
"I'm starting to really, truly understand the business of baseball and the business of sports," Stroman said. "They've been throwing my name around in trade talks all the time.
"It doesn't seem like I'm going to be signed here to a long-term deal. It's just something you have to come to terms with."
Stroman allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings of work against the Angels. He struck out three and walked one while throwing 102 pitches.
"I love this team," said Stroman, who arrived in 2014. "I love Toronto. I love everything about the country and I’m going to continue to go out there each and every start and just compete, compete, compete. Do everything I can to limit runs.
"It seems like everyone's saying I'm not going to be [here after the July 31 deadline]. I don't know. I'm doing everything in my power to keep that out of my head. The more [time] I spend thinking about that, the more it's going to take away from me on the field."
Stroman holds a 4-9 record with a 3.23 ERA this season after his start on Tuesday. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Blue Jays.
"I've seen the whole cycle," Stroman said. "The ups, the downs. I love being a Blue Jay. There's no other team that I would have traded to start my career. The things that we've been through since I've been here. I feel like I embody the city of Toronto and take that passion out there with me every fifth day."
The Blue Jays finished play on Tuesday with a 26-47 record, 13 and a half games adrift of the second American League wild-card spot.