According to Barry Davis of the Outta The Park Podcast, former Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada is set to retire from baseball after being released from the Oakland Athletics earlier this week.
Marco Estrada will reportedly walk away from the game due to numerous injuries including a nagging back injury that has not healed since his days in Toronto with the Blue Jays. The 36-year old had inked a one-year $4 million dollar pact with Oakland this offseason, however, he made only five starts this season surrendering 18 earned runs.
Estrada spent four seasons north of the border making 124 appearances for the Jays between 2015 through to 2018. The soft tosser sports a 39-40 record with a 4.25 earned run average and a 10.1 WAR during his tenure with Toronto.
The native of Mexico will be best remembered for his postseason performances with the Blue Jays where he made six starts accumulating 3 wins and a 1.96 earned run average.
The Blue Jays acquired Estrada from the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 offseason in exchange for Adam Lind. The hurler was a master of his craft and an absolute pleasure to watch pitch when he had his change-up working. Everyone in the stadium knew it was coming but yet the opposition still had difficulty squaring up Estrada.
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Estrada will walk away from the game having pitched for 12 seasons with the Nationals, Brewers, Jays, and Athletics. He owns a career 62-68 record with a 4.29 earned run average in 283 games, 194 which were starts. Estrada also accumulated a career 12.3 WAR while representing the Blue Jays at the All-Star game in 2016.
During his first season with the Jays in 2015, Estrada finished 10th in AL Cy Young award voting after posting a 13-8 record with a 3.13 earned run average in 34 games.
Estrada was a gamer and an absolute professional who will certainly be missed by Blue Jays fans around the country.