Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins in exchange for minor-league shortstop

Lynette Rowe
February 19, 2018

The Twins acquired righthander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays on Saturday night. As a group, Rays' starters have been in the top half of all Major League Baseball teams in ERA since swapping names from the Devil Rays to the Rays back in 2007.

Odorizzi, 27, was traded to the Rays in 2012 and leaves the team with 124 starts (fifth), 698 innings (sixth), 40 wins (tied for sixth) and 639 strikeouts (fifth).

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. The shortstop had a return to prospect status in 2017 after a disappointing and injury-plagued 2016 season. It could also feature a combination of Brent Honeywell and Jose DeLeon, who have been Top 100 prospects for multiple seasons.

"I know there are a lot of pitching staffs out there excited about what they have, but as far as our depth - one through seven, eight, nine, even 10 guys - we're going to have three or four guys in Triple-A who could be starting in the big leagues somewhere for somebody", Archer said. And Royce Lewis and Wander Javier are high-ceiling prospects in the lower levels.

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With Odorizzi and newly signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez in the fold, the Twins have 17 players under contract for around $106.8 million.

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