The A's have plenty of relief pitchers, but not many starters on their current roster.
But they took a big step to change that on Friday by agreeing to terms with right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada on a one-year deal.
The team announced the agreement but did not disclose terms.
A's agree to terms with right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada on a one-year contract for the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/QCqzC2uMIq— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) January 25, 2019
Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports that the deal is worth $4 million.
Free agent starter Marco Estrada and the Oakland A's are in agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract, a source familiar with the contract tells ESPN. @JaneMLB was first with the agreement, as were @Ken_Rosenthal and @JonHeyman with Justin Wilson specifics.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 25, 2019
The 35-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 28 starts for the Jays last season, Estrada posted a 5.64 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 143.2 innings.
Estrada joins an extremely thin A's rotation. Veteran Mike Fiers is the only sure-thing locked into a rotation spot. Andrew Triggs, Paul Blackburn, Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt and Daniel Mengden will all be competing for a rotation spot.
The A's are hoping injured ace Sean Manaea can return at some point during the 2019 season as well.