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Marco Estrada | Starting Pitcher | #25

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 6 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Marco Estrada looked at video and threw more changeups than usual during the offseason.
Estrada noticed that his arm slowed down when he was throwing his changeup, which made the pitch easier for hitters to pick up. In addition to correcting the flaw, he threw his changeup more often over the winter in order to regain the feel for a pitch which has been his best weapon. Estrada saw his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.98 last season, but he's doing what he can to get back on track. Feb 19 - 10:09 AM

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Marco Estrada was lit up by the Red Sox on Wednesday, surrendering eight runs -- seven earned -- in 2 1/3 innings.

Just when it seemed Estrada was finishing strong, he turns in his biggest stinker of the year in the finale, pushing his ERA back up to 4.98. He had been 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts this month. Despite the rather abysmal season ERA, Estrada did pitch pretty well for four months this year; unfortunately, the middle two were dreadful enough that he couldn't overcome them. He'll be back in the Jays rotation next year after signing a one-year, $13 million extension last week.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Marco Estrada spun seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 win over the Yankees on Friday.

Fresh off signing a one-year, $13 million extension with the Jays, Estrada limited the Yankees to three hits and three walks. Aaron Judge slugged a solo homer in the first inning, but Estrada held the Yankees off the board from there. This hasn’t been the sort of season Estrada had in mind, with a 4.70 ERA over 32 starts, but at least he’s finishing the year strong.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:07:00 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Marco Estrada to a one-year, $13 million contract extension.'s Jon Morosi first reported word of the agreement on Tuesday night and now the Blue Jays have made it official. Estrada holds a rough 4.84 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 176 2/3 total innings (31 starts) this season, but he's had a resurgent second half and will be back for a fourth year in Toronto. The veteran right-hander turned 34 years old in July.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 01:59:00 PM's Jon Morosi confirms that the Blue Jays have signed Marco Estrada to a one-year, $13 million contract extension.

That might seem like a hefty chunk of change for a 34-year-old with a 4.84 ERA in 176 2/3 innings this season, but Estrada has been much better in the second half and the free agent market this winter will be light on mid-tier starting pitchers. Plus, one-year deals are hardly risky in this modern MLB landscape where every club is flush with cash. 2018 will be Estrada's fourth year in Toronto. He owns a 3.81 ERA and 1.175 WHIP in 533 2/3 total innings as a member of the Jays.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays are close to signing starter Marco Estrada to a contract extension.

Morosi says the new deal will come with one guaranteed year. There will probably be a club option for 2019 as well. Estrada had a dreadful first half of the 2017 season, but he has rebounded nicely since mid-July and he was especially good in his last outing Saturday against the Twins, yielding just two runs on three hits over eight innings to earn his ninth win. The 34-year-old right-hander was scheduled to become a free agent in November.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 11:02:00 PM

Marco Estrada allowed two runs on three hits over eight innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

Estrada gave up solo homers to Eddie Rosario in the fifth and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth, but he otherwise allowed only a lone single and walked just one while striking out four. The win was his fourth in a row to improve him to 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 starts overall. The Yankees are in town Friday to take on Estrada and the Jays.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 11:26:00 PM

Marco Estrada limited the Orioles to two earned runs over five innings Monday for his eighth win of the year.

Estrada struck out seven batters and didn't issue a walk. He also gave up just four hits, though one was a solo homer by Mark Trumbo in the top of the fifth inning. The 34-year-old right-hander owns a respectable 3.94 ERA with 48 strikeouts over his last 59 1/3 innings dating back to July. That's much better production than what we saw from him in the first half of the season. Up next for Estrada is a road start against the Twins.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 10:02:00 PM

Marco Estrada held the Red Sox off the scoreboard for seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

Estrada walked three batters and matched that total with only three strikeouts, but he also permitted just three hits on the night. The biggest threat the Red Sox mounted off of him came in the second inning when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Estrada got Jackie Bradley to ground out to end it. Unfortunately for Estrada, a blown save by Roberto Osuna cost the starter a win and the Blue Jays eventually lost in the 19th inning. The righty has posted a couple clunkers over the last month, but he’s mostly been very good since late July. Estrada faces the Orioles next.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:30:00 AM

Marco Estrada allowed 10 hits and six runs over five innings but was awarded the win Thursday against the Orioles.

No, sure, pitcher wins is a totally legitimate stat. Estrada demonstrated that by giving up a pair of homers among his 10 hits allowed, letting the O's score in four of his five innings of work. The win improved him to 7-8 on the year while inflating his ERA to 5.23 through his 28 starts. A few meltdowns aside, the right-hander actually has been better in the season's second half, turning in five quality starts in his last seven appearances. Estrada will look to pull his record even Tuesday against the Red Sox at Fenway.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 11:32:00 PM

Marco Estrada allowed three runs in six innings to earn a win over the Twins on Saturday.

He made it through four innings unscathed before serving up a two-run dinger to third baseman Eduardo Escobar in the fifth. Estrada notched five strikeouts and issued one free pass in the quality start. The veteran has been inconsistent this season. He misses a lot of bats but gives up a lot of hard contact. He has 152 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings, although that success has been offset by allowing 24 home runs in his 27 starts. He will take a 6-8 record and 5.04 ERA into his next start on Thursday in Baltimore.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Marco Estrada allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

Estrada gave up all three of those runs on a bases-clearing double by Albert Almora Jr. in the bottom of the third inning. Toronto would mount a comeback but eventually fell in extras. Estrada stands 5-8 on the season with a 5.07 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 147/61 K/BB ratio in 26 starts covering 145 2/3 innings. He'll face the Twins at home next.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 06:20:00 PM

Robert Murray of was told by a Blue Jays source that the club is "open" to a contract extension for Marco Estrada.

A new deal might not happen until the offseason, but it sounds like Estrada remaining in Toronto is a pretty decent possibility. The righty was claimed on revocable waivers by the Yankees, according to Murray, but the move was made to block another team from getting him and that deadline has passed, so Estrada is staying put. It's been an up-and-down season for the 34-year-old, as he holds a 5.09 ERA but has also struck out over a batter per inning.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 01:12:00 PM

Marco Estrada was lit up for six runs on 10 hits and four walks over just 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Estrada had been on a roll coming into this one, but the Rays have really given him trouble the last two seasons and they did again Tuesday. Since the beginning of 2016, Estrada now holds an 8.49 ERA across seven starts against Tampa Bay. He’ll try to get back on track Sunday versus the Cubs on the road.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 10:39:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Blue Jays have "little interest" in trading Marco Estrada.

Estrada has been claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team, but the Jays can simply pull him back and keep him for the stretch run. The 34-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts, but he's still sporting a rough 4.85 ERA for the season. Estrada is earning a $14.5 million salary in the final year of a two-year, $26 million deal.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 03:58:00 PM