Twins Trade for Right-Handed Starter Jake Odorizzi

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo ,Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi walks on the field between innings of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Photo: Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo ,Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi walks on the field between innings of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.

February 17, 2018 09:20 PM

The Minnesota Twins received a major boost to their starting rotation Saturday night when they traded for Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi, 27, has started at least 28 games in each of the last four seasons. Last season he was 10-8 with a 4.13 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 28 starts. According to the Twins, his 3.71 ERA over the past three seasons ranks 12th in the American League among pitchers with at least 400 innings.

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The Twins traded 21-year old minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios to the Rays.

Odorizzi was originally a first round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. He has a lifetime major league record of 40-38 with a 3.83 ERA in 705.1 innings pitched.

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