The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly traded starting pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets.
News of the deal surfaced shortly after the Blue Jays were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays 10-9 at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
The Mets are reportedly sending pitching prospects to Toronto.
Later Sunday, Stroman posted a message on Twitter, saying “Toronto, I love you…forever!
The Blue Jays would not confirm the trade, but did say Stroman wouldn’t be accompanying the team on its charter flight to Kansas City.
Stroman left the Blue Jays clubhouse post-game with a unknown companion in a hurry, headed for the underground parking garage. He didn’t speak to media and declined comment.
Stroman, 28, has spent his entire career with the Blue Jays and was named to the American League all-star team this season.
In 21 starts in 2019, the right-hander has compiled a 6-11 record with an ERA of 2.96 in 124.2 innings.
For his career, Stroman has 47 wins to 45 losses and an ERA of 3.76 in 129 starts.
Trade speculation has been swirling all season and when the Blue Jays made a visit to Yankee Stadium in June, Stroman spoke of being “built for the bright lights” of New York.”
In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays have reportedly called up Bo Bichette from triple-A Buffalo.