Legends On Deck

Estrada Re-Ups With Jays, Red Sox Land Kimbrel



On Friday, RHP Marco Estrada agreed to resign with the Toronto Blue Jays for 2-year/$26 million dollar contract.

“We obviously identified Marco as a priority to bring back after the season he had,” Blue Jays interim general manager Tony LaCava tells mlb.com. “He was a big part of our success and he was a free agent and we did try to speak to him before we had to make the qualifying offer. We tried to negotiate up to that point, weren’t able to get there. Made the qualifying offer and then continued to talk and, obviously, we were able to make a deal with him today.”

Estrada, in his seventh season in the bigs, had a career year winning 13 games and posting a 3.13 ERA. He also struck out 131 batters in 181 innings and posted a 1.04 WHIP. In the 2015 postseason, the right hander was 2-1, with a 2.33 ERA, while striking out 14 in 19.1 innings.

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The Boston Red Sox entered the off-season looking to make a splash, and they did just that by landing All-Star Closer Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres.

Kimbrel started his career with the Atlanta Braves in 2010 and from 2011 to 2014 he was selected to four straight all star games. He also led the league in saves posting 46, 42, 50 and 47 through that span.

On April 5, 2015 he was traded along with Melvin Upton to the Padres from the Braves for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin and Matt Wisler.

In 61 games, he saved 39 of them, while striking out 87 in 59.1 innings.

The Red Sox land a solid closer and sure up a bullpen some expect to be tops in 2016. Koji Uehara, the Red Sox closer for the past three seasons, will most likely move to the eight inning, allowing Kimbrel to step in and shut the door on the opposition.

David Conde
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