Rays trade RHP Odorizzi to Twins for prospect

Rays trade RHP Odorizzi to Twins for prospect

The Tampa Bay Rays have sent starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor-league shortstop Jermaine Palacios, the team said in a statement.

Phil Hughes is also in the mix, recovering from a second thoracic outlet surgery on his ribs in as many years, but the Twins were concerned enough about their lack of proven candidates to make the trade for Odorizzi.

It's also not surprising that the Twins are the ones that landed Odorizzi Minnesota has been in search of starting pitching help all offseason, and Odorizzi is a ideal fit. He pitched a career-best 187 2/3 innings over 33 starts in 2016, posting a 3.69 ERA.

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The Tampa Bay Rays spent the first Saturday night of spring training wheeling and dealing in preparation for the 2018 season. Last season he was 10-8 with a 4.13 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 28 starts. Over the past three years, though, he's logged 500 innings with a 3.71 ERA, which is noteworthy in the American League East.

The 21-year-old Palacios has a.290 career average over four minor league seasons. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined.296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. That move coincided with designating Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the roster for Cron.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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