Cardinals talking with Rays about Odorizzi


Yesterday Jon Heyman of reported the Dodgers  are in talks with the Rays regarding Jake Odorizzi. This morning Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rays are discussing a trade that would send a starting pitcher from Tampa to St. Louis. It just so happens that Jake is from a small town in Illinois named Breese which happens to be an hour away from St. Louis. At the young age of 25 he posted a 3.35 ERA, 8.0 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 169 1/3 innings in an excellent second full season in Tampa Bay. I tend to think that Odorizzi would make a great addition since he will be under control for the next five years if the Cardinals do trade for him.

Odorizzi arsenal of pitches include includes a fastball in the 90-91 mph range, a slurve and a changeup that’s gotten better over time. A former Royal farmhand, Odorizzi beat out Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos to emerge with a rotation spot this spring, and based on his massively improved control at Triple-A, he’s ready to be a viable big league hurler. Odorizzi has had trouble against lefties, so bear this in mind when he faces a team that leans in that direction. Originally taken 32nd overall by Milwaukee in 2008, he’s been very durable in his career (and could remain as such thanks to a very smooth, easy delivery) and hasn’t shown any alarming weaknesses, but has periodically had issues with the long ball.

Source: MLBTraderumors


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