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Atkins, Stroman address extension talks, animated 'clubhouse' discussion

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TORONTO – After a transformative Sunday that included two significant trades, the reassignment of a coach and a clubhouse commotion, some answers emerged Monday.

Yes, Marcus Stroman voiced some opinions within the Toronto Blue Jays’ clubhouse after learning about his trade to the Mets Sunday afternoon. That’s the commotion everyone was wondering about. And no, he wasn’t simply annoyed to be going to New York’s losing team.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, did talk extension with Stroman, but those talks stalled once the sides determined that the gap in valuations was too big. That led to trade talks, first with a group of eight or more teams, then with four finalists and finally with the Mets.

As for Shelley Duncan, the major-league field coordinator who’s now being reassigned, he’ll remain in the organization while transitioning from the coaching staff to the front office. According to Stroman, he and Duncan didn’t speak on Sunday. According to GM Ross Atkins, a new ‘hybrid’ role will allow the Blue Jays to maximize Duncan’s skillset.

And the noises that were audible from within the Blue........

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