Minnesota Twins: 3 Low Risk, High Reward Signings the Twins could Make
Minnesota Twins Low-Risk Target No. 2: Jake Odorizzi, RHP
I’ve talked about this a lot, and almost everyone in Minnesota wants Jake Odorizzi back in 2021. Why? It just makes too much sense. Odorizzi is a good fit for the Twins and the Twins are an even better fit for Odorizzi.
Just 30 years old, Jake Odorizzi is the second former Rays pitcher on this list, but the first that the Twins successfully traded for. Since he’s come over to Minnesota, Odorizzi’s numbers have been overall solid, including an All-Star season in 2019.
Unfortunately for Odorizzi, his 2020 season went nowhere near as well as the year before. Odorizzi only was able to make four starts in the COVID shortened year, allowing an awful 6.59 ERA and being ravaged by injuries.
While it was easy to see his struggles, once again, it’s important to remember that in his last full season, he was an excellent starter, helping the Twins win over 100 games for the first time in 55 years. He’s clearly talented.
With the market for one-year deals for starters set after the Drew Smyly and Charlie Morton signings, it’s clear that a starter with smaller issues will be anywhere from $9-$15 million. If the Twins can get Odorizzi for that price, they’re getting a cheap starter on a one year deal with All-Star upside. That’s what you’re looking for.