Today, Marco Estrada is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays and came to terms on a two-year contract worth $26 million. According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Estrada will make $11.5 million in 2016 and $14.5 million in 2017, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.
Now, Estrada was one of 20 players who received a qualifying offer last week, and while he did not take the one-year, $15.8 million, he decided decided to take less money, but with a little security blanket with the two year deal.
In fact, acquiring Estrada from Milwaukee in exchange for Adam Lind last off-season was a win for the Blue Jays. Estrada had a career year with Toronto by going 13-8 with a 3.13 ERA in 34 games and 28 starts. He struck out 131 batters and walked only 55 in 181 innings of work. The 32 year old also stepped up in the postseason by delivering 2 big wins in two games when the Blue Jays were facing elimination.
Finally, the Blue Jays resigning Estrada helps the rotation with David Price leaving to test the open market. Estrada will be asked next season to be more of a big game pitcher than in 2015. Also, Estrada well be back in an environment where he was clearly comfortable by the outings he produced.
Overall: Smart move by the Blue Jays. I expect the Jays to go sign at least one MLB proven starter and hopefully let Sanchez and Hutchison compete for a spot in the rotation with Dickey, Stroman, and now newly resigned Marco Estrada.