Marco Estrada To Remain A Blue Jay

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the club for $13 million, avoiding free agency. “I’m extremely optimistic about our chances next year,” Estrada said. “That was the main reason why I wanted to come back. I feel like things are about to happen for this team.”

He has 170 strikeouts this year, surpassing his previous career high of 165 from 2016.

“If I can show that I’m back to my normal self, what I’ve done for the last few years for these guys maybe they’ll want me back,” Estrada said. “I’m hoping to come back. I’m trying to show them I’m still that guy. I’ve just got to keep pitching well.”

Estrada is completing his third season with the Blue Jays and his 10th in the majors. In his three seasons in Toronto, he has a 31-25 record with a 3.81 ERA.

“I knew in my heart I wanted to come back,” he said. “It’s the right move for me.”

Here is the Jays official release:

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed RHP MARCO ESTRADA to a one-year contract extension at US $13 million.

ESTRADA is completing his 3rd season as a Blue Jay and 10th overall. In his three seasons in Toronto, the Sonora, Mexico native has posted a 31-25 record with a 3.81 ERA. The 2016 All-Star, recorded a combined .203 opponents average from 2015-16 to lead the American League. Estrada will establish a career-high in innings pitched with 4.2 additional innings this season. The 34-year-old has played for three different clubs in his Major League career (WAS, MIL, TOR) and owns a 54-51 record with a 4.02 ERA in 248 appearances, 159 starts