The Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of re-signing pitcher Marco Estrada to a two year contract worth between 24-29 million dollars according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Nothing finalized, but lots of buzz #Bluejays, Estrada nearing 2-yr deal in $24M-$29M range. Would mean not taking $15.8M qualifying offer
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 13, 2015
Estrada, who was a revelation for Toronto in 2015 was offered a qualifying offer of 15.8 million dollars that he was expected to decline. If the Jays cannot get a deal done, then Estrada is free to sign with any team, but the Jays will be entitled to a compensation pick due to the qualifying offer.
The 32 year old native of Mexico posted a 13-8 record with a 3.13 ERA and a league-best 6.7 hits allowed per nine innings.
Estrada was acquired by Toronto in exchange for long time first baseman Adam Lind. After starting in the bullpen to start the year, Estrada was pressed into the rotation after an injury to the since departed Daniel Norris.
The Jays are said to be looking to fill two or three spots in the rotation and have been linked to all the big free agents available including David Price who finished the season with Toronto.