That Mets-Jays Marcus Stroman Trade Really Jacked Things Up

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That Mets-Jays Marcus Stroman Trade Really Jacked Things Up

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On the one hand, it feels like an awfully convenient excuse for a deadline that was already looking like it might be historically slow.

On the other hand, when you take a significant trade piece and send him to a team that not only doesn’t “need” that trade piece but also has similar trade pieces of its own to deal, it really throws everything for a loop … especially if the perceived return on the trade is not close to what people were expecting.

So things rest in chaos:

It’s not at all hard to see how the move could have not only unsettled the starting pitching trade market by consolidating pieces in the Mets’ hands and by removing a chip while not removing a buyer, but it also could have deeply unsettled the plans of pursuing teams. Without Stroman to go after, teams may have to turn to the Mets for Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard or to the Diamondbacks for Robbie Ray … and those teams can apply the squeeze even more to team with whom they’d already been talking … but those teams may also have bullpen needs … and so they may shift assets into those talks … which impacts the talks that were ongoing with teams like the Cubs who are “aggressively” pursuing relievers.

So that means either you need some team to just pull the trigger on some dam-breaking move, or everyone is instead going to need the pressure of tomorrow’s deadline to force the issue.

Blame the Mets and Blue Jays.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.