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Stroman/Sanchez FAQ: Will Blue Jays trade their starters?

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At the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas last week, ‘What are you hearing on Stroman and Sanchez?’ was perhaps the most commonly asked question related to the Toronto Blue Jays.

As the week unfolded, I posed some variation of that question many times in an attempt to understand the Blue Jays’ willingness to part with Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. On other occasions, rival teams or interested agents were the ones asking.

The widespread interest is understandable given that both pitchers have flashed all-star upside in recent years. Stroman finished eighth in AL Cy Young voting in 2017 and the year before Sanchez won the AL ERA title. There’s talent here, and both are controllable through 2020, which only adds to their appeal.

Despite that talent, Stroman posted a 5.54 ERA during an injury-shortened 2018 season while Sanchez has been limited to 28 starts over the last two seasons due to blister and finger injuries. Trading them for top value won’t be easy at a time where alternatives exist in the free agent and trade markets.

Right now there’s still plenty of uncertainty when it comes to the Blue Jays right-handers, but by looking more closely at some related questions we can hopefully get closer to some answers…

All kinds of teams need starting pitching this winter, and it appears that every team in this market has........

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