Whenever a fan favourite gets dealt it comes with criticism. So when the most popular player on the Toronto Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman got dealt, the return was highly criticized.
The Blue Jays management led by Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins aren’t the most liked people in Toronto so when they decided to deal Stroman, Blue Jays fans fought back.
No matter who the Blue Jays would have got for the All-Star it would have come with criticism. Partially because of Stroman’s fanbase, but mostly because of how poorly the whole situation was handled by management. It almost seemed as if any news that came out about Stroman and management was bad, dating all the way back to his first arbitration hearing after Shapiro took over.
So when the return was announced, and neither Anthony Kay or Simeon Woods Richardson were in the MLB’s top 100 prospects list, fans were infuriated.
The reaction to the trade from the media didn’t help either, as many insiders believed the Jays could have, and should have received more for their biggest asset at the deadline.
While it’s only been a month since the deal went down the dust has settled a bit. While a month is a very small sample size, it is now evident why the Blue Jays management wanted to acquire Kay and Woods Richardson.
Kay’s AAA Dominance
Anthony Kay has shined since being acquired by Toronto. In six starts, Kay has a 1.89 ERA alongside 36 strikeouts and 19 walks in 33 innings pitched for AAA Buffalo. His play has even earned a nervous article from the New York Post naming him as another Mets prospect to flourish after being dealt.
Kay needs to be added to the 40-man-roster this offseason to prevent being taken in the Rule-5 draft so there’s a possibility that he will see the major leagues in September when rosters are expanded. If not, expect him to start next season with the Blue Jays.
Woods Richardson has also impressed
Woods Richardson has also done well since the trade. As a part of the high A Dunedin Blue Jays, Woods Richardson has pitched to an ERA of 3.09 in five starts. He has struck out 26 batters in 23 innings and has only walked seven.
Stroman’s early struggles
Stroman hasn’t found his stride yet in the big apple. Now playing in his hometown state, Stroman has an ERA of 4.91 in his first five starts with the New York Mets. The Mets will need Stroman to turn things around if they hope to catch the Chicago Cubs for the second Wild Card spot. They currently sit three games back.