Marco Estrada P TOR 4 days ago

Estrada stuck out three and gave up one hit in one inning of work in Tuesday's 13-6 win over the Orioles.

Estrada hasn't been used in many high leverage situations, but has done a good job out of the bullpen after his first appearance when he conceded a home run. In his three appearances since, he's pitched 5.1 innings, racking up eight strikeouts against three hits, one walk and no earned runs. Estrada likely won't supplant any starters barring injury, but seems like the most likely replacement were anyone to go down. Even with a 11.37 strikeout per nine rate, he has limited fantasy value.

Marco Estrada P TOR 4 weeks ago

Estrada (ankle) has lost out on the fifth spot in the starting rotation, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Estrada entered camp with a chance at securing a rotation spot, and indicated he'd prefer to serve in that role, but it appears he will likely be moved into a long relief role. He should also likely serve as the team's sixth starter, and would be in line to take over should one of the others in the rotation suffer an injury.

Marco Estrada P TOR 1 month ago

Estrada tweaked his ankle, and his next start will now be pushed back to Saturday's split-squad game, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Estrada seems to be behind Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris for the final two spots in the rotation, leaving the veteran right-hander as the likely sixth starter in the organization. Assuming his ankle issue isn't too serious, Estrada should open the season as a middle/long reliever in the big-league bullpen.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada would prefer to work as a starter, Jim Hawkins of reports.

Estrada's spot in the starting rotation also hinges on whether the Manager John Gibbons thinks star prospect Aaron Sanchez is better suited out of the bullpen or in the rotation. Estrada put up solid numbers last year, going 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP while striking out 127 in 150.2 innings. Estrada's biggest problem is how many home runs he allows, giving up 29 last season. If Estrada can keep the ball in the park and Gibbons thinks Sanchez should close, Estrada is not a terrible fantasy option when it comes to fifth starters, though the Rogers Centre is not the best place for fly ball pitchers.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada will compete for the Blue Jays' fifth starter spot this spring, the Toronto Globe & Mail reports.Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris will compete with Estrada for the job, while Sanchez and Estrada could be moved to the bullpen if they fail to secure a starting role. Estrada's home-run tendencies make him a very risky option as a starter if he remains in that role with Toronto, limiting his value with the move to Rogers Centre and the other hitter-friendly environs of the American League East.

Marco Estrada P TOR 3 months ago

Estrada agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, Mike Perchick of WAPT reports.

Estrada was traded from the Brewers to the Blue Jays in the offseason as part of a deal that sent Adam Lind back to Milwaukee. He figures to slot in at the back end of the Jays' rotation in 2015, but will need to limit the home runs allowed (29 over 150.2 innings in 2014), which could be a challenge moving into one of the more hitter-friendly ballparks in the league.

Marco Estrada P TOR 6 months ago

Estrada was traded from Milwaukee to Toronto on Saturday in exchange for Adam Lind, Blue Jays' announcer Mike Wilner reports.

The 31-year-old righty struggled mightily to keep the ball in the park last season, giving up 29 home runs in just 150.2 innings. This could pose a major problem in the Rogers Centre against American League lineups, but the trade makes Estrada more fantasy relevant, as he wasn't going to factor into the Brewers' rotation in 2015. It's obviously not a lock that Estrada will crack the Jays' rotation either, but he stands a better chance to at least see some starts. His 4.19 xFIP last season might be a good indicator of the best-case scenario for Estrada next season.

Marco Estrada P TOR 8 months ago

Estrada covered four scoreless innings in relief Wednesday vs. the Cubs.

Estrada was forced into action earlier following Kyle Lohse's early departure due to an ankle injury, and did well to keep the Brewers competitive in the loss. There's a real chance Lohse will be forced to miss his next start as a result of the injury, with Estrada likely representing the top replacement option available for the Brewers.

Marco Estrada P TOR 9 months ago

Estrada gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Giants.

Starter Yovani Gallardo lasted just four frames, but Estrada helped keep his team in it with three strong innings out of the bullpen. Manager Ron Roenicke had mentioned Estrada as an option to take Matt Garza's turn in the rotation Saturday, but this likely puts Mike Fiers in line to make that start, though nothing's official quite yet.

Marco Estrada P TOR 9 months ago

Estrada and Mike Fiers are both being considered to take Matt Garza's spot in the rotation, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Garza was forced on the DL on Tuesday with a left oblique strain, opening the door for either Estrada or Fiers to step into the rotation starting Saturday. Estrada's struggles with the long ball this season are well-documented -- he's given up 27 homers in 117.1 innings -- and Fiers has fared well in 17 starts for Triple-A Nashville (2.55 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Fiers get the nod.