Marcus Stroman isn't scheduled to pitch while the Toronto Blue Jays play a series at the New York Yankees this week, but the pitcher still fielded plenty of questions on Monday.
Stroman has been linked to the Yankees in trade rumors.
"I love the bright lights. I am built for this," the right-hander said of pitching under pressure.
Stroman is under team control through the 2020 season.
"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."