Jon Morosi reports that Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has been claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unknown team. The Jays will have 48 hours to work out a trade with the mystery team. If no deal is worked out, the Jays can either allow that team to assume the remainder of Estrada’s $14.5 million salary or pull him back from waivers.
Estrada, 34, has a 4.85 ERA with a 140/56 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings this season. While he’s been inconsistent throughout the year, he has been particularly effective lately, putting up a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts.
The Jays, despite being in last place in the AL East, are still in the playoff hunt, entering Tuesday’s action 3.5 games behind the Angels for the second Wild Card slot. However, the Jays are one of seven teams within 3.5 games of the Angels (and within 5.5 games of the Yankees), which muddies up their playoff odds. Still, the Jays don’t appear to be very motivated to help Estrada change addresses, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Attempting to make a play on a bunt during Wednesday’s split-squad game against the Athletics, Brewers starter Wade Miley suffered a strained left groin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. On the afternoon, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.
Miley, 31, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers last month. He had been having a solid spring until last Friday, when he served up seven runs in three innings against the Reds. The lefty had been battling for a spot in the Brewers’ rotation but this injury may take him out of the running.
Last season with the Orioles, Miley made 32 starts spanning 157 1/3 innings, posting a 5.61 ERA with a 142/93 K/BB ratio.
With the Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb signings recently, many wondered why the Brewers didn’t make a move. They may regret not having done more.
In related news, reliever Boone Logan also left with an injury on Wednesday, per Haudricourt. The Brewers should have more on both players’ statuses later.