Marcus Stroman does not really "like" the Yankees, or at least any tweets suggesting he could play for them.
The Blue Jays pitcher, who is a potential trade chip before the July 31 deadline, was on the defensive Tuesday before the MLB All-Star Game after he was caught "liking" a tweet from a Yankees blog that read, "Marcus Stroman might be the next #Yankees or #Twins ace."
"I think people read into likes a little too much," he told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I just read the article. My likes in my Twitter are articles I can go back to and articles I can reference and I happened to read the article and it was praising me. It was saying a bunch of good things. ... not necessarily because it said I was coming to the Yankees. It said the Twins, too."
Yankees GM Brian Cashman is in pursuit of adding another pitcher, and Stroman, who is 5-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts, is certainly a possibility. Still, Stroman reiterated his likes don't mean much.
"My likes are bookmarks, for sure," he said. "My likes get blown up here and there as, 'Oh, he like this.' But I promise you they're usually articles I enjoy to read. I even sometimes will send them to my parents, my mom, my agent, whoever. Just an easy way, like you said, to bookmark and log everything I like."
This is also not the first time Stroman appeared to hint at a desire to pitch for the Yankees, though. In June, the 28-year-old was asked about possibly pitching on a big stage, such as with the Yankees, when the Blue Jays came to the Bronx for a three-game series.
Stroman said, "I'm built for the bright lights and the moment. I'm not scared of it. I'll take that ball each and every time with the pressure on. I love it."