Estrada and the Blue Jays agreed Tuesday on a one-year, $13 million contract extension, keeping him with the team through the end of the 2018 season, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Rather than gauging his value on the open market as a free agent this winter, Estrada opted for the security of rejoining the Blue Jays for an additional year following an up-and-down 2017 campaign. The 34-year-old struggled mightily from early June through the end of August and may have been at risk of being bounced from the rotation, but he's gotten back on track in September with a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over four starts. Estrada's solid finish might have been enough to convince the organization that he remains a viable mid- or back-end rotation arm even as he nears the end of his career, though he'll need to do a better job of reining in the long ball to enjoy consistent success in 2018.
Estrada (9-8) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four batters over eight innings in Saturday's win over Minnesota. The veteran has found a groove of late and allowed just five runs over 20 innings over his past three starts. Estrada still sports a disappointing 4.84 ERA for the campaign, but with an 8.7 K/9 and his recent form in mind, he's definitely on the fantasy radar in the majority of settings for his final two starts. However, it's a daunting upcoming schedule. A date with the Yankees at the Rogers Centre is up next, and then Estrada projects to face the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Estrada (7-8) earned the win Monday against the Orioles, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over five innings. Estrada was sharp in this one, throwing 67 percent of his pitches for strikes and going without a walk for the third time this season. He allowed a run on two hits in the fourth inning before surrendering a solo home run in the fifth. The win was Estrada's third in as many decisions and boosted his K:BB to a solid 26:6 over his last five starts. He will look to continue his recent success Saturday against the Twins.
Estrada tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday, working around three hits and three walks, but he was long gone by the time the Red Sox walked off with a 19th-inning win. He's run the entire gamut in recent weeks from amazing to mediocre to awful, making it hard to know what to expect from Estrada in any given start. Expecting more outings like this one certainly isn't a wise bet -- the guy's put up a 6.35 ERA over his last 18 starts, after all. Estrada's next start will come Monday against the Orioles.
Estrada (7-8) allowed six runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four batters through five innings during Thursday's win over Baltimore. Fantasy owners maintaining allegiance to Estrada will take the win, but it was another poor outing from the veteran. He's now allowed 18 runs through 21.1 innings over his past four starts and sports a discouraging 5.23 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the campaign. A daunting date with the Red Sox at Fenway Park is up next for Estrada, too.
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