The last week in MLB was about a starting pitcher signing a multi-deal, an outfielder agrees to a contract, and a pitcher will undergo surgery.
Houston Astros Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Odorizzi to Two-Year Contract
Jake Odorizzi in agreement with the Astros on a 2-year deal.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 6, 2021
The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract with starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi which includes a player option, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros are in agreement on a two-year deal with a player option, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. The last big free agent is off the board.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 6, 2021
The contract amount is unknown, but Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the contract will contain incentives that could make it worth up to $30 million.
Full terms on Odorizzi deal aren’t known but with incentives he has a chance to make $30M over 2 years that would include a buyout on the 3rd year player option #Astros
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 6, 2021
The right-hander struggled last year with the Minnesota Twins as he dealt with chest injuries and blisters.
He posted a 6.59 ERA in 13, and two-thirds innings pitched with 12 strikeouts, three walks, four home runs yielded, a 68 ERA+, 6.12 FIP, and 1.39 WHIP.
In the 2019 season, Odorizzi had a phenomenal season.
He compiled a 3.51 ERA in 159 innings pitched with 178 strikeouts, 53 walks, 16 home runs allowed, a 129 ERA+, 3.36 FIP, 1.20 WHIP, and was selected as an American League All-Star.
The Astros are hopeful that Odorizzi can return to his form from the 2019 campaign.
The team needed a starting pitcher as Framber Valdez has a fractured ring finger on his pitching hand.
Valdez might be sidelined for most of the 2021 campaign, and the team needed to make a move.
The signing of Odorizzi was a smart move as he has proven to be a solid pitcher in his career and could help the Astros contend this year.
Milwaukee Brewers Sign Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Two-Year Deal
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a two-year contract worth $24 million, including an opt-out clause after the first year, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. plans to sign a two-year, $24 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers that includes an opt-out after the first year, a source familiar with the contract tells ESPN. First with the news: @byJulianMack.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 4, 2021
Bradley will earn $13 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022 if he does not exercise his opt-out clause, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 4, 2021
Bradley had spent the last eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was tremendous for the team last year.
He posted a .283 batting average and .814 OPS in 55 games with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBIs, and five stolen bases.
The outfielder has played solid defense in his career and earned a Gold Glove award in 2018.
Bradley joins a Brewers team flush with outfielders, including Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, and Avisail Garcia.
The club will have exceptional outfield defense going into the upcoming season, and Cain will probably move to a corner outfield position.
The Brewers have added a terrific outfielder at a bargain, and the deal will look better if he continues to perform well at the plate.
San Diego Padres Pitcher Jose Castillo Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery
The San Diego Padres will be without a member of their bullpen for the 2021 season as Jose Castillo will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.
It’s a UCL tear for José Castillo. He’s set for Tommy John surgery.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 4, 2021
Castillo had forearm tightness during a simulated game last week, says Cassavell.
Castillo’s loss is enormous for the Padres as he had a promising rookie campaign in 2018 by posting a 3.29 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 38 and one-third innings pitched.
The Padres are hopeful that Castillo will have a successful operation and can begin a rehabilitation program.
- Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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