Twins Acquire Odorizzi As Rays Tear Down

Doug Mendoza
February 19, 2018

He made his debut with Kansas City in 2012 before being dealt to Tampa Bay the next season. With their oldest starter being Chris Archer, who is 29 and well established in Major League Baseball, the Rays are hoping to exploit any untapped potential they can in their 2018 rotation. He pitched a career-best 187⅔ innings over 33 starts in 2016, posting a 3.69 ERA.

Odorizzi has always been on the trade market, with several teams showing interest in him.

Jermaine Palacios was appreciative of the Twins and excited about this trade.

Though he's never been an All-Star, Odorizzi has been a bulldog for the Rays in the always hard AL East.

Odorizzi shores up a Twins staff that ranked 10th in the American League in starter's ERA past year (4.73) and will be without Ervin Santana (finger surgery) until at least May. He feels like a good fit for a Twins team with postseason aspirations. Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson are two of the team's other top starters.

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One day after the Sanchez signing frustrated Twins fans, the Derek Falvey/Thad Levine Twins pulled off what appears to be a very good trade on its surface.

Tampa Bay also acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels Saturday, and in a corresponding move designated left fielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Chris Archer believes Tampa Bay is capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.

With the Rays having many possible routes to go to fill out a staff of pitchers, it can nearly be guaranteed that the Rays somehow find a way to achieve success defensively against the Yankees.

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