This right here? This has been a fun series of tweets by way of Gideon’s source in the Jays’ front office:
#BlueJays source: After not moving Marco Estrada at the deadline today, the club and Estrada are interested in an extension of some sort.
— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) August 1, 2017
Possible that an offer is made in August from another team that ends with Estrada being traded, but nothing of value was offered today. https://t.co/aBzQ8P7M2D— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) August 1, 2017
To clarify, nothing is even remotely imminent.— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) August 1, 2017
TOO LATE WE'RE ALL RUNNING WITH THE EXTENSION BIT BYYYYEEEEEE— Andy (@_rallycap) August 1, 2017
Damn right we are!
Somebody’s going to get Marco Estrada for reasonably cheap in 2018, and give him a chance to see if he can found what he had in 2015 and 2016 and seems to have lost this season (i.e. a .224 BABIP). So… uh… why the hell not the Jays?
I mean, it’s not like they’re not going to have an Estrada-sized hole in their rotation. And it’s not like they’re going to be fishing in precisely the pool that he’s going to be in, looking for a short-term, innings-eating, mid-tier rotation piece for relatively cheap, with a bit of upside.
And it’s not like Estrada didn’t say pretty unequivocally that this is where he wanted to be, back when his status as a Blue Jay was in limbo following the 2015 season. Granted, if he had taken the qualifying offer the club had given him and hit the free agent market with a first round pick around his neck, he probably wouldn’t have done as nicely as he did signing the extension with the Jays, so we need to take his talk of love for the city and the team with a little bit of a grain of salt. But on the other hand… fuck that! He wants to be here! We want to have him here! Keep Marco!
Feel free to trade him in August and then re-sign him in the winter, though. Especially if he’s going to pitch the way that he did tonight and build up some real value. (Just maybe don’t look at who he’s lined up to face in his next four or five starts before you start banking on that…).