The New York Yankees, the Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros were all rumored to be interested in Stroman, but in the end, it was the Mets who acquired one and a half years of his services.
Left-hander Anthony Kay, 24, has split the season between Double-A and Triple A. The 2016 first-round pick, the Mets' No. 4 prospect overall, posted a 1.49 ERA over 12 starts with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Double-A this year and earned a promotion to the Triple-A Durham Bulls, where he has struggled in seven starts with a 6.61 ERA. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty.
With two years of team control left on his contract, Stroman serves to be a valuable member of the Mets rotation, if that turns out to be his final destination. "As a Long Island native, we believe that he will thrive playing in NY", said Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
The Jays drafted Stroman, 28, in the first round in 2009.
Stroman has a 2.93 career ERA and 11 quality starts in 20 appearances versus the National League. He was considered one of the top starting pitchers available on the market with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, in part because he doesn't become a free agent until after next season.
His strong play carried over into the Blue Jays' season as he won a Gold Glove that year and finished 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA, finishing eighth in AL Cy Young Award voting.
From his fiery passion while on the mound to his unfiltered presence on social media, Stroman was a Major League Baseball player unlike any Toronto had ever seen. Conversely, he was refreshingly candid at times and often supplied engaging thoughts and opinions. But he had a sense his future might be elsewhere, stating after a game in mid-June that he didn't think he'd be signed to a long-term deal with the Blue Jays. He has a $7.4 million salary and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season.
His departure comes as Toronto continues a deep rebuild.
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