Blue Jays: What’s the trade market for Estrada like now?

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Manager John Gibbons
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Manager John Gibbons /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 19: Marco Estrada
ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 19: Marco Estrada /

Division Rivals, not likely to happen

New York Yankees

The Yankees could use an upgrade in their rotation, and you can bet that GM Brian Cashman has been on the phone a great deal this month. We’ve already watched them swing a big trade with the Chicago White Sox to bring in Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see them look for a rotation upgrade as well.

Cashman and the Yankees have been conservative over the last few years, especially when it comes to sacrificing the development of their system, and/or trading prospects. However, as we’ve already discussed, Estrada’s cost shouldn’t be terribly high, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Yankees at least consider it.

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They’re currently lining up Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia, and Luis Severino as their top three, with Jordan Montgomery and Luis Cessa filling out the back end. While both have had admirable efforts this year, the Yankees could use an upgrade if they’re serious about contending in 2017. You can never have enough pitching, especially in the playoffs.

Boston Red Sox

I can’t see them being interested, as their top five is pretty solid. Moving on.

Tampa Bay Rays

Hard to imagine them as buyers, especially within the division.

Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles looked like they were all but dead in the race, but they’ve been playing better baseball recently and have made their way up the standings. They’ve been talked about as a seller, but the reality is they’re only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. With a veteran roster that could want to take another run at the playoffs with the likes of Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Adam Jones and more on the roster, it’s feasible that they could end up as buyers.

Whether or not they could hook up with the Blue Jays on a deal or not is a whole other thing, and it seems unlikely. Estrada would be a fit as a rental for them though, so I could see their being some interest. In their dreadful rotation, Estrada’s ERA doesn’t look nearly as bad.

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So, who did I miss today? As I said, this was speculation on my part, so feel free to let me know if you see another team as a likely buyer for Marco Estrada in the comments section below.