Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman reveals he lost arbitration case

Ross Atkins and Curtis Granderson spoke in support of Marcus Stroman, who sounded off on twitter briefly after losing his arbitration case with the Blue Jays.

Marcus Stroman lost his arbitration case with the Toronto Blue Jays, he revealed on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Marcus Stroman on Twitter

Can’t wait to be back in Toronto this year. Dealing on my mound. For the entire country of Canada! @BlueJays #HDMH

Marcus Stroman on Twitter

Love me some adversity.

Marcus Stroman on Twitter

Just being real. Not mad at all. I’m aware of the business. Just opens your eyes going through the arbitration process. Second time going through it. Still love my team and the entire country of Canada. More upset that I had to fly to AZ and miss my Monday workout.

The right-hander asked for $6.9 million in the Monday hearing before arbitrators, while the Blue Jays argued he should be paid $6.5 million. Stroman, 26, made $3.4 million during a 2017 campaign that saw him emerge as one of the best pitchers in the American League.

He was fourth in the AL in ERA (3.09) and tied for sixth in innings (201), while finishing eighth in CY Young voting. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2020 campaign.

Arbitration hearings involve the team and player presenting their case to an independent arbitration panel. Several factors are considered, including service time, comparable salaries, position and performance. The panels have been criticized in recent years for lending heavy weight to “old school” stats such as wins and RBIs.

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Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins has not spoken to Stroman about the incident, but likely will.

Earlier this month, Toronto closer Roberto Osuna reportedly lost his arbitration case and will earn $5.3 million, instead of the $5.8 million he requested from the team.

Stroman won his 2017 case against the Blue Jays, and tweeted the following on Feb. 14 last year:

Marcus Stroman on Twitter

Excited to win my case. Really enjoyed the process. Shout to my family @us_tla for always having my back. Always stay true to my day ones!

Marcus Stroman on Twitter

Shout to the @BlueJays for being extremely professional throughout the entire process as well!


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