Right-hander Jake Odorizzi might have made the beginning of the Twins tenure. Odorizzi turned into a good performance against the high profile Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits (together with five strikeouts and no walks) in five innings, but that wasn’t enough to fend off elimination for the Twins. Minnesota dropped 5-1 to finish off a three-game ALDS sweep for the Yankees, bringing an early end to an impressive bounce-back season for the Twins.
Now that Minnesota’s offseason chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and overall director Thad Levine must decide whether to vigorously pursue a deal for Odorizzi. Where he ’ ll be on the list of top rated non-Gerrit Cole starters available, though he does seem receptive to re-signing with the Twins, the SON the brink of completely free agency.
Odorizzi, that which the Twins gained from the Rays entering the 2018 season, is coming off a career year for an opportune moment. The firsttime allstar pitched to a 3.51 ERA/3.36 FIP with 10.08 K/9 along with 3.0 BB/9 across 159 innings, averaging a personal-best 92.9 miles on his fastball along the way.
Thanks to his strong production this season, Odorizzi will go like a offer agent right into free agency. Finding a QO wouldn’t do Odorizzi any favors because he prepares to visit the current market, as it could take a team to wake up a draft pick(s) while giving him a substantial payday above a few years. However, it s possible the Twins only will let Odorizzi walk as opposed to needing to pay an salary for 20-19 should he accept a QO. Nevertheless, waving goodbye wouldbe a development for your Twins, who are also in danger of seeing Kyle Gibson and Michael Pineda bolt via free agency. Additionally, they’ll have a choice to make on Martin Perez, with a $7.5MM club option or even a $500K buyout for second calendar year.
Along side No. 1 starter Jose Berrios, each of Odorizzi, Gibson, Pineda and Martin were key elements of a Minnesota rotation which saw them collect at least 26 starts throughout a 101-victory, AL Central-winning 20-19. The lone member of the quintet who rivaled Berrios in effectiveness has been Odorizzi, who could be in another uniform the next time he chooses the chunk.