98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The Boston Red Sox are among those involved in a ‘heating up’ market for starter Jake Odorizzi, according to MLB Network Radio analyst and former general manager Jim Duquette.
Limited to just four starts in 2020 due to a chest injury and blister issue on his throwing hand, Odorizzi posted an 0-1 record and career-worst 6.59 ERA and .291 batting average against in just 13.2 innings for Minnesota last season. It was ugly as it could have been.
The 30-year-old Odorizzi’s 2019 was a different story entirely, however, with career-best marks in wins (15) and strikeouts (178) in 30 starts for the Twins, making him an interesting project for a Red Sox front office that clearly loves such adventures.
It surely helps that Chaim Bloom has experience with Odorizzi, as the 6-foot-2 righty was with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2013 through 2017, compiling a 40-37 record and 3.82 ERA over his Rays career.
Per Duquette, the Blue Jays, Angels, Twins, Padres, Rays, and Mets are also in on the Odorizzi sweeps.