Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

The Twins traded minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios to the Tampa Bay Rays for right-handed starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi.

Though coming off a season that included a 4.14 earned run average and a 10-8 record in 28 starts, Odorizzi becomes the leading contender to start on Opening Day in place of Ervin Santana, who could miss the first month after finger surgery on his pitching hand.

With Odorizzi and newly signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez in the fold, the Twins have 17 players under contract for around $106.8 million. Odorizzi was drafted by Milwaukee 32nd overall in 2008.

The Tampa Bay Rays spent the first Saturday night of spring training wheeling and dealing in preparation for the 2018 season. He appeared in 100 games with 92 starts last season, hitting.248 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs. He's 40-38 with a 3.83 ERA in 705⅓ major league innings. He's expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he's also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors. That move coincided with designating Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the roster for Cron.


Earlier in the week, Chris Archer had said he believes the Rays are capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.

"I say this every year, because we always have a special organization when it comes to arms, but I'm willing to put it up against everybody in the league", Archer added.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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