Runner-Up: Marco Estrada
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Speaking of surviving without David Price, the fact that Estrada resigned to a team-friendly deal makes the fact that Price is on his way out of town a little easier to swallow. Estrada was arguably the best fifth starter in all of baseball, pitching his way from long relief at the start of the season into the Game 1 assignment in the ALCS. The fact that he had the fifth lowest ERA in the American League this season is remarkable considering he led the National League in home runs last season.
The improvements that Estrada made on his change-up and fastball combo already led him to the J.J. YEA for Best Pitcher, and he got recognition from another group as well. Estrada made the Top 10 in voting for the AL Cy Young award. Granted, he was tied with Andrew Miller and Shawn Tolleson, so he wasn’t exactly threatening a late run at the top, but to even garner attention for such an award is a huge boost for Estrada. Now he has to continue to keep batters guessing how fast he is throwing to maintain his new status and justify such an investment.
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