Big game Marco Estrada very well may be on the trade block. And with his postseason resume, Estrada is a perfect fit with the Seattle Mariners.
Marco Estrada joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015 after spending years as a swingman pitcher with both the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
The righty joined the Toronto ballclub after being traded for Adam Lind. Since then, Estrada has established himself as well above average big leaguer.
A Bounce Back
The Mariners have one glaring hole, and that’s starting pitching. With Mike Leake and Felix Hernandez struggling, the Mariners have one guarantee and that is James Paxton. And although Estrada’s recent numbers don’t represent a top of the rotation arm, a change of scenery may bring him back to his 2015-2016 numbers.
During his first two seasons with the Blue Jays, his results were a lot better than his last two and although he has aged, I have a hard time believing that is the problem.
Estrada’s tools are pretty comparable to where they were in previous years, his velocity is the same, his changeup is similar, but his effectiveness hasn’t been. He’s been hit hard, and I’m led to believe a lot has to do with notable off the field troubles as well as playing for a losing club.
Joining the Mariners, and pitching meaningful games could be a career difference maker.
His success in October cannot be forgotten. He was a savior with the Blue Jays, winning two do or die games in 2015.
Fans cherish him in Toronto and his playoff success is a big reason why. He has a 2.64 ERA in 47.2 innings during the playoffs. These are big game numbers.
With the Mariners contending for a playoff berth, a guy like Estrada is needed. It has been since 2001 since the M’s reached the playoffs and Estrada could make their next ride a little longer.
Estrada to the Rescue
Jerry Dipoto has revamped this club in past seasons, mixing in players from plenty of organizations. I am sure he is looking at the possibility of adding Estrada and the Blue Jays should be listening.
If Estrada is added I am sure M’s fans will love him just like Blue Jays fans have for the last four years.