Report: Stroman says Blue Jays never offered him an extension

MLB insider Casey Stern joins the Starting Lineup to question and criticize the returns of both major Blue Jays trades of Marcus Stroman to the Mets and Aaron Sanchez to the Astros.

As Marcus Stroman prepares for his New York Mets debut, the ex-Toronto Blue Jay had plenty to say about his former team.

Speaking to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, Stroman says that the Blue Jays never offered him a contract extension despite general manager Ross Atkins saying there were talks.

“There was nothing offered ever from their perspective,” Stroman said. “If they do say that, it’s a complete lie. It is what it is. That’s the truth. I’m not going to beat around that.”

Stroman signalled his desire to stay in Toronto multiple times before he was eventually traded on July 28.

The 28-year-old starter also opened up about the recent roster overhaul and the Blue Jays’ rebuild that comes with it. He made his feelings on the matter very clear.

“Nobody’s left,” Stroman said of the roster purge.

“It seems like (management) wanted to get rid of some people, get everybody out and just start their own regime. So it’s a business. It is what it is.

“I want to win, always, every year,” he added. “I just want the organization to be invested in winning and going out there and putting the best product on the field and doing everything they can to get wins. I think that’s what this game’s about.”

Stroman will be on the mound for the Mets against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night at PNC Park in his first start for his new team.

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