MLB hot stove: A’s add veteran starter Marco Estrada on 1-year deal

The A’s have added another veteran arm to their rotation, hoping an escape from the AL East will help Marco Estrada bounce back. 

Oakland announced Friday it has signed Estrada to a one-year deal, which ESPN reported is worth $4 million. 

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We’ve agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada on a one-year contract for the 2019 season.#RootedInOakland

The A’s will hope they’re getting the Estrada who was the AL’s stingiest pitcher in hits per nine innings in 2015 and 2016, earning an All-Star selection the latter year. His performance has deteriorated quickly since then, as his ERA has jumped from 3.48 to 4.98 to 5.64 over the last three seasons. 

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The 35-year-old, who previously pitched for the Brewers and Nationals, has long given up a ton of fly balls, and therefore home runs, but moving to Oakland should help him there. 

He’ll join reliever Joakim Soria as another seasoned arm picked up this winter to bolster the pitching staff. 

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