The Chicago Cubs have some interesting pieces as the trade deadline approaches. None may be in more demand than Marcus Stroman.
Stroman is in the midst of what would be his best season in the majors. He has posted a 2.88 ERA and a 1.087 WHiP over his 118.2 innings, striking out 101 batters with 42 walks. He has driven an impressive 58.4% ground ball rate, keeping the ball in the yard and getting the opposition to pound it into the dirt. That recipe has been quite successful this season.
Marcus Stroman could give Chicago Cubs impressive haul
It should not be a surprise that Stroman is already one of the hottest commodities on the trade block. Teams have already begun looking into bringing him on board, with Bob Nightengale reporting that the Astros have checked in on both Stroman and Cody Bellinger. Astros general manager Dana Brown has been clear that upgrading the rotation and adding a left handed bat are their priorities heading into the deadline, and they may be able to get both in one move.
The Astros are not alone in their quest to bring Stroman on board. Bruce Levine from 670 The Score reported that the Blue Jays are amongst several teams to reach out regarding the All Star pitcher. Yet, even with all of the trade rumours, Stroman would still be willing to return to the Cubs as a free agent. He has been very clear that he wants to stay with the organization although an extension may not happen.
The Cubs may well get the best of both worlds. Not only could they get an impressive haul of prospects for Stroman’s services, but he could return back to the organization if they wanted him. Not only could Stroman help accelerate the rebuild, but he could return and be a part of the next contending Cubs’ team. It would be a fitting way for Stroman to continue to make an impact.
Marcus Stroman is generating plenty of interest on the trade block. He could lead to an impressive return for the Chicago Cubs.