Tampa Bay Rays Rumors: Odorizzi’s Market Is Heating Up

By Trey Huntsman
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is picking up interest from a variety of teams. As a potential rebuild looms, Odorizzi may hit the market soon.

As a potential rebuild looms, early reports are coming in with Jake Odorizzi as a major trade chip in the 2017 off-season for the Tampa Bay RaysMike Berardino reported that the Minnesota Twins are interested in both Odorizzi and Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.

The Rays can expect a decent return for the controllable 27-year old if they decide to move him this off-season. Odorizzi will be a free agent in 2020 and is a fairly cheap option that could fill a lot of holes in rotations across the league.

Interest in Odorizzi from the Twins could stem from the starter’s lifetime 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Minnesota was 29th in the MLB last year with 7.50 K/9 and in total strikeouts. While he has been solid, Odorizzi is yet to prove that he can throw 200 or more innings in a season. He threw only 143 innings in 2017.

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Teams like the Twins have a definite need for Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays have an interest in trimming payroll as they move into a potential rebuild. If the Twins were to make a move for Odorizzi, they have pieces that would entice the Rays to make the trade.

It is doubtful the Twins would trade top prospects Nick Gordon and Royce Lewis at this time, but there is plenty of talent in their system. Tyler Jay, Lewin Diaz, or Jermaine Palacios could be possible names in an Odorizzi deal.

The Twins are just one of the matches for his services. A lot of his market value will also be dependent on other trades as well as where Shohei Otani lands this month.

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Odorizzi came to the Rays in 2012 in the famed Wil Myers/James Shields deal. The Brewers originally selected Odorizzi in the 2008 Draft. Changing jerseys would be nothing new for Odorizzi. The righty has been traded three times in the last nine years.