MLB Rumors: Could the Braves trade for Marcus Stroman?
The Atlanta Braves‘ biggest hole, at least right now, is in the rotation. They could use another starting pitcher. There are not many of them available and the market, which forced the Los Angeles Angels to pay a premium for Lucas Giolito on Wednesday night.
One starter who has been heavily discussed in trade rumors is Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman.
He would certainly fit the Braves’ need for another starting pitcher and they should be able to fit the remainder of his salary on the 2023 payroll. He has a $21 million player option for the 2024 season, which complicates his value. But even then, the Cubs are surging right now and there is a prevailing thought that the team could elect to buy (perhaps a reliever and third baseman) instead of selling.
Which would mean Stroman stays put in Chicago. The thought surely would be intriguing for Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who was with Stroman in Toronto. But the fit is highly unlikely to result in a trade.
Grading the fit: 4/10.