Acquired by the Blue Jays during the 2014/2015 offseason in exchange for Adam Lind, right-hander Marco Estrada was coming off a season split between the Milwaukee Brewers rotation and bullpen. Once he became a Jay, Estrada ended up becoming a main staple in the rotation over the next four seasons, earning an All-Star appearance during the 2016 season.
Estrada was a top performer for the Blue Jays in the 2015 postseason, making three starts and only giving up five earned runs through 19.1 innings of work. He did give up two home runs to the Royals in the ALCS but he was able to limit the walks while also only giving up 14 hits. He started game three against the Rangers and was able to give the club the lead heading into game #4 with his 6.1 innings with just one earned run.
The right-hander spent the next three seasons with the Blue Jays and was effective in the 2016 playoffs as well, holding the Rangers and Indians to just 16 hits through 22.1 innings of work and went almost the entire game in his lone start in the ALDS (8.1 innings). The 2017 and 2018 seasons were however a step back for the Mexico product, as Estrada struggled to keep the runs off the board while also seeing a slight uptick in his BB/9.
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He left the club via free agency after the 2018 campaign and signed on with the Oakland Athletics, appearing in five games for the A’s while struggling with back issues and spending most of the season on the IL. He was released by the club in late August and retired shortly after.