Yesterday Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com 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.