Marcus Stroman would bring an edge to the San Diego Padres if they were to acquire him to help lead this young staff.
With a young rotation, the San Diego Padres could sure use a veteran presence. Not just a pitcher to eat innings, but a man who would take charge and help lead a very promising young bunch.
Marcus Stroman is not shy. He speaks his mind. The right-handed pitcher loves the game of baseball, and he enjoys competing.
The Toronto Blue Jays are currently 39-64. Their season is over. Stroman has already indicated that he is ready to move on and all signs point to the Blue Jays trading him in the coming week. Unlike the Indians with Bauer, the Jays are out of contention. They will move Stroman and try to maximize his value.
The right-handed pitcher is due for free agency after the 2021 season, so a potential trade partner would only get one full year of service time for the pitcher before he tests the open market. That is a massive factor for a trade partner.
Recent speculation has the Padres potentially sending a trio of pitching prospects to the Blue Jays for Stroman. Names like Luis Patino, Michel Baez, and Adrian Morejon have been mentioned. So have rookie pitchers Logan Allen and Cal Quantrill. The Jays want pitching in return, and the Padres have plenty of young hurlers who could be dealt.
The Padres do need to be cautious, though. They cannot afford to deal a top-notch major league prospect or two for a pitcher that they will only have under contract for 16 months. Stroman is enticing though. He is a sparkplug and would undoubtedly demand the best from his fellow starters. But the future of the Padres is what is important. Getting extended too far could be dangerous for a franchise trying to find relevancy.
Adding Marcus Stroman to the mix would help this young Padres team. And there is no debating that. He is currently 6-10 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.249 WHIP. The 28-year-old has thrown 117.2 innings and has already produced a 3.0 WAR. The first time all-star is enjoying a terrific year and doing it at a great time. His energy and enthusiasm would be contagious in the locker room. He would bring an edge to the Padres that can only come from an ace.
It will all come down to cost. The Padres can afford to move some young talent, but they are not inclined to go “all in” just yet. The edge that would come from Stroman would be a welcomed addition but, without an extension to his contract, the cost may just be too much for the Padres to pay. At least not at this point. There are far too many other issues that need to be resolved on this last-place team. That is a harsh reality.