Envision yourself as the Toronto Blue Jays General Manager this offseason, which starting pitcher would you resign this offseason, Marco Estrada or Francisco Liriano?
I authored an article on “Should the Blue Jays lock up Estrada” earlier this week and was astounded by the number of comments I received via social media in favor of re-upping Estrada on a potential multi-year pact.
So this got me pondering whether Estrada would be the obvious choice when faced off with Liriano with there only being enough money to sign one. So who would you choose or would you let both walk. Let the debate rage on.
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Tale of the Tape:
Estrada turns 34 in July.
Liriano turns 34 in October.
Estrada battled back issues all of 2016.
Liriano was struck in the head with a line drive during the post season.
Estrada 2017 $14,500,000- signed 2 year/$26 million with Blue Jays.
Liriano 2017- $13,666,667- signed 3 year/$39 million deal with Pirates.
2016 Stat Line:
Estrada 9-9, 3.48 ERA, 1.119 WHIP, 8.4 SO/9, 3.3 BB/9
Liriano 8-3, 4.69 ERA, 1.485 WHIP, 9.3 SO/9, 4.7 BB/9
Career Stat Line:
Estrada 45-43, 3.86 ERA, 1.144 WHIP, 8.1 SO/9, 2.7 BB/9- 898 IP
Liriano 96-92, 4.05 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 9.3 SO/9, 3.9 BB/9- 1513 IP
Postseason Career Stat Line:
Estrada 3-3, 2.64 ERA, 0.839 WHIP, 8.1 S0/9, 0.8 BB/9- 47.2 IP
Liriano 2-0, 3.97 ERA, 1.059 WHIP, 7.5 SO/9, 3.2 BB/9- 22.2 IP
Estrada 9.8 WAR- 9 seasons
Liriano 17.4 WAR- 11 seasons
Estrada- 2016 All-Star, 10th in CY Young voting 2015
Liriano- 2006 All-Star, 3rd ROY voting 2006, CY Young 11th in 2010, 9th in 2013 voting.
Pitch Type 2016:
Estrada: Fastball 49.8%, Change Up 28.6%, Cutter 11.7%, Curve Ball 9.9%- 4 pitches
Liriano: Fastball 51.6%, Slider 29%, Change Up 19.4%- 3 pitches
Potential In-House Replacements 2018:
So there is your information, be sure to comment below on which pitcher you would sign if any.