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Report: Blue Jays, Padres discussing Marcus Stroman

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The Blue Jays are reportedly in talks with the Padres about a deal involving right-hander Marcus Stroman, says Jon Morosi of MLB Network. While the two sides aren’t close to finalizing anything at the moment, the trade would check off a few boxes for both teams.

Stroman, 27, represents the kind of affordable major-league pitcher San Diego has been seeking over the last couple of months. Sure, he’s coming off of some disappointing, injury-hampered numbers in Toronto — specifically, an inflated 5.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 through 102 1/3 innings in 2018 — but blister and fatigue-related issues aside, he’s been a proven presence in the Blue Jays’ rotation over the last half-decade. He’s also under team control through 2020, making his acquisition that much more appealing to a club whose rotation has consistently ranked in the bottom 10 since 2016.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are expected to net some minor league pitching depth in return. Morosi mentions southpaw Logan Allen and right-handed prospect Michel Baez as possibilities, though he adds that the Padres’ true top-tier prospects will likely be held out of negotiations. Allen reached Triple-A El Paso for the first time in 2018 and finished his run with a cumulative 2.54 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.1 SO/9 across 148 2/3 innings in Double- and Triple-A. Baez has yet to make that jump, and pitched to an underwhelming 7.36 ERA, 5.9 BB/9 and 10.3 SO/9 during his first 18 2/3 frames of Double-A ball.

Cardinals-White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday

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CHICAGO — St. Louis’ series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Cardinals, who haven’t played since July 29, were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. But the series opener was pushed back to a straight doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the beginning of an extended stay in the Windy City for the Cards.

There was no word from Major League Baseball on the postponement, but John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, confirmed the move in a conference call with reporters. Mozeliak also said the team is going to play doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field after the NL Central rivals had a series postponed last weekend.

Two people with direct knowledge of the situation also confirmed the postponement of the series opener against the White Sox. The people spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because MLB had not announced the schedule change.

The Cardinals’ season has been derailed by the coronavirus. Star catcher Yadier Molina and infielder Paul DeJong are among the players who have tested positive.

St. Louis, the defending NL Central champions, has played just five games, winning two. It seems unlikely that it will be able to make up every one of its games that have been postponed during the pandemic-delayed season.

While announcing Sunday night that St. Louis’ series against Pittsburgh had been postponed, MLB said the league and the Cardinals believed it was “prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play.”