Seattle Mariners Should Target These 4 Players in Trade
Jake Odorizzi, Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Much like their Florida counterparts, the Tampa Bay Rays enter the off-season with a directive from ownership to shed payroll. The Rays have 13 players eligible for arbitration, including a potential pricey $6.5 million projection on Jake Odorizzi.
Many in Tampa are speculating that the Rays will be forced to move Odorizzi and speculate that a price tag similar to Drew Smyly would do the trick. Hey, the Seattle Mariners know a thing or two about that!
Odorizzi is coming off his worst statistical season in his big league career, posting a pedestrian 4.14 ERA with a dreadful 5.10 xFIP. Odorizzi does have some of the skills Dipoto covets. He averages just under 8 K/9 with a sub 3.00 BB/9 (2017 an exception). He is also an extreme flyball pitcher, and pitching in Seattle and out of the AL East could help.