Mets Maintain Interest in Odorizzi as Fallback Option for Bauer

According to Jim Morosi, the Mets are one of the teams showing interest in Jake Odorizzi. This isn’t news, however with the addition of Carrasco this seemed less likely. After the Mets decided to trade Matz, getting a starter is back in their plans.

Bauer is the Mets main target right now and recent reports have shown that. Bauer and the Mets could be heading towards a deal, however the Mets need a back up plan. In comes Jake Odorizzi, who the Mets have liked and have been linked to from the start of the off-season.

Odorizzi is coming off a lost season due to injuries but was a stellar arm in years past. Prior to the 2020 season, Odorizzi pitched to a 3.88 ERA from 2013-2019. In 2019 he had his best year pitching to a 3.51 ERA/1.20 WHIP and 10.1 strikeouts per nine. In that season he developed a great relationship with current Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.

The 30 year old reportedly wants a 3 or 4 year deal. He is expected to get around 13 mil AAV for his services.

Mets show interest in Jake Odorizzi

First of all, let me start with mentioning that in the early stages of the off-season, you will see the Mets interested in a lot of free agents. Rightfully so, mostly in areas the Mets need. In comes the Mets interest in free agent starter Jake Odorizzi.

While this was reported by trusted ESPN reporter Buster Onley, it’s something to take serious. Odorizzi has been on the Mets radar for years now. Last year the righty accepted the Twins QO, after a terrific 2019 season. Odorizzi is now a free agent after a different type of season. The 30 year old pitched just 13.2 inning due to an intercostal strain and a blister issue. In those 13.2 innings, he pitched to a 6.59 ERA. However, IMO we can judge him like Stroman and forget about the meaningless 2020 season.

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Before the 2020 season, Odorizzi was one of the most solid and dependable starters in the majors. Between 2015 and 2019 he owned a 3.82 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in 151 starts. Healthy, dependable and consistenly strong was what Odorizzi was known for.

In 2019 he has arguably his best season of his career. He pitched to a 3.51 ERA and 3.34 FIP over 159 innings pitched. He collected a career high in ERA+ (129) and K/9 (10.1).

The Mets aren’t the only team that reportedly showed interest. His former team the Twins, Blue Jays and Giants are the other teams. Mlbtraderumors predicted Odorizzi to the Blue Jays for 3/39m. I don’t see Odorizzi getting a three year deal and expect him to sign a 2/25-28m deal in this market.

For that type of deal, I would love the Mets to add Odorizzi. I know a lot of people want the Mets to go out and sign everyone but Odorizzi, however when healthy, he’s a very dependable arm to put in the middle of the rotation. Plus it doesn’t break your bank and gives the Mets plenty of oppurtunities to spend elsewhere. Good to mention as well, is that Odorizzi had a good working relationship with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. A reunion perhaps?

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