In short, the 5-foot-7-inch righty would command some valued pieces from the Rockies. Assuming they do not want to move one of their rostered players because they are competing for a playoff spot, a package for Stroman could look something like this:
MLB.com’s third-ranked Rockies prospect, left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison, 55 rated, 2021 ETA
MLB.com’s fifth-ranked Rockies prospect, corner infielder Grant Lavigne, 50 rated, 2022 ERA
MLB.com’s 21st-ranked Rockies prospect, right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia, 40 rated, 2020 ETA
Right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson
The Rockies could kill two-birds with one stone. They’re about a handful of players short of the postseason and, by the time of the deadline, they’re likely going to have some clear holes in the bullpen.
Stroman, meanwhile, is on pace to have another 200-inning season and has a 3.13 ERA across 14 starts, falling in line with his 3.85 career ERA over nearly 1,000 innings. Stroman also accrued postseason experience early on in his career, excelling at times in 2015 and 2016 as the Blue Jays knocked on the door of the Royals.
A Blue Jays-Rockies trade probably won’t happen. However, given the talk, it was worth writing about. And just because it won’t happen doesn’t mean the Rockies shouldn’t consider a trade like this or pull the trigger. They need a starter and they need to find a way to make it happen at a relatively affordable cost. If not, it will be cross your fingers and hope for positive regression with a group that has thoroughly disappointed in the early going.