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This week’s national question was “which of Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman, Zack Wheeler, Matt Boyd and Trevor Bauer you would give up the most for in trade?” I voted Stroman, but then I’m not a fan of Bauer. And, of course, I have a bias.
Cleveland is in the second Wild Card spot at the moment, and they are in second in the AL Central and 5.5 games back from the Twins. I don’t know why they would be thinking of selling, but I guess it would depend on the return. They have another year of control on Bauer.
Bumgarner would just be a rental for this season, so he would come at a cheaper prize, I would think. Madison has a 4.03 ERA in 19 starts this year, pitching in a pitcher’s park. But then the question was “Who would you give up the most for?”
Matt Boyd has a 3.87 ERA in 18 starts. He also has 142 strikeouts in 107 innings. He’s not a free agent until 2023.
Wheeler has a 4.69 ERA in 19 starts, but he was very good last year. He is a free agent at the end of the season.
Maybe it is a personal bias, but I’d take Marcus...all things being equal.
Let’s do our own poll:
Which pitcher would you give up the most for?
This poll is closed
In the Blue Jays weekly polls:
- Manager Approval: 83%. That’s down from 96% last week. I will say he has cut back on the bunting. Maybe he’s figured out that it is a bad move or maybe he has toned it down because we are scoring. The reliever stuff is driving me nuts, but maybe he can learn on that too.
- Confidence in the Direction of the Team: 88%, up from 83% last week. I’m happy with the direction of the team. I’m happy they have brought up a bunch of the young guys. I’m hoping Galvis is moved at the deadline and Bo Bichette (not that I have anything against Freddy, but I want to clear the way for Bo). And, of course, I’m curious if we can add any pitching prospects at the deadline.