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Stroman at home in NY, weighs in on rumors

@ladsonbill24
June 24, 2019

NEW YORK -- Marcus Stroman said the reality has set in about his future in Toronto. The right-hander could be moved before the July 31 Trade Deadline. Stroman is not a free agent until 2021, but he doesn't expect to be signed long term with the Blue Jays. "It's not

NEW YORK -- Marcus Stroman said the reality has set in about his future in Toronto. The right-hander could be moved before the July 31 Trade Deadline. Stroman is not a free agent until 2021, but he doesn't expect to be signed long term with the Blue Jays.

"It's not something that I'm thinking about daily," Stroman said. "I'm just truly living day to day. Whatever happens, happens. That's kind of how I feel about it."

With the Blue Jays starting a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, reporters asked Stroman about the possibility of pitching in pinstripes in the future. Oddly enough, Stroman is from Medford, N.Y., which is less than two hours from the Bronx.

"Obviously I'm on the Blue Jays and love everything about Toronto and this organization," Stroman said. "I try to keep that in the back of my head because, obviously, you hear rumors all the time. I'm from New York and I'm a New York boy. That kind of says everything for itself.

"I love pitching [at Yankee Stadium]. New York is like the mecca of the world. I love excitement, the bright lights, competition, I love pressure. I always loved pitching here. I haven't necessarily pitched well. I always enjoyed it. Yankee lineups are brutal. They are kind of hard to navigate. I love the spotlight. The bigger the moment, that's what I kind of wanted it to be."

Stroman said it's hard not to think about the Trade Deadline, but he's not carrying it with him to the mound. Entering Monday's action, Stroman has a respectable 3.04 ERA in 17 games.

"I'm in a good place right now. I'm really focused on going out there every fifth day, and do anything I can to be around my team," Stroman said.

When he is around family in New York, Stroman said they know better not to mention trade rumors. When he leaves the clubhouse, the family knows he doesn't like to talk sports. Stroman prefers to talk about what's going on in his family's life.

"I like to truly get away from the game," Stroman said. "[The family is] aware of it. They know more than anybody. They know where I'm at mentally. They just let me be."

Montoyo impressed with Biggio
Entering Monday, infielder Cavan Biggio was hitting .218 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. But the numbers don't tell the whole story, according to manager Charlie Montoyo.

The skipper said Biggio plays to win, moves runners over and doesn't hesitate to back up plays on the field.

"Wherever he plays, he pulls for his teammates," Montoyo said. "He has a great on-base percentage [.361]. His batting average doesn't show how good he is swinging the bat. He is hitting the balls hard."

Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. He covered the Nationals/Expos from 2002-2016. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.