The Blue Jays are talking to right-hander Marco Estrada about a multi-year contract in advance of Friday’s deadline for free agents to decide on qualifying offers, according to major-league sources.
The qualifying offer is a one-year, $15.8 million deal. If the Jays and Estrada can’t work something out before the Friday deadline, Estrada will likely reject the offer and hit the open market (with his free agency then tied to draft pick compensation).
The 32-year-old posted a stellar 3.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 181 innings this season for the American League East champions and was Toronto’s most reliable starter in the playoffs.
“We’d love to have him back,” Jays interim general manager Tony LaCava said Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida. “He was a big part of our success this year.”