John Gibbons gives his take on Stroman's angry leave from the mound
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Toronto Blue Jays were open ears on offers for pitchers Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez in the offs-eason, and are believed to still be willing to listen on either starter.
"Those guys [Stroman and Sanchez] were available last winter and everybody knew that if you wanted to make the Jays an offer they would absolutely listen," Olney told TSN Radio 1050 Toronto Tuesday. "So the perception of other teams is, if you called today and made an offer for those guys then they would be ready to make a deal."
The San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are just a few teams that could be interested in the pitchers, says Olney.
"A whole bunch of contenders are going to be looking for starting pitching this summer," he said.
Olney adds the Jays would be wise to make a move "sooner than later" in order to get value since pitchers such as Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel and others could be on the market ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Stroman, 29, is 1-6 this season with a 3.12 ERA and 45 strikeouts over nine starts this season, his sixth with the Blue Jays.
Sanchez, 26, is 3-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 46 strikeouts over nine starts this season, his sixth in Toronto.
The Jays are 16-24 on the season and sit second last in the American League East.