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Texas Rangers trade rumors: Jake Odorizzi subject of talks, per Bowden

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Jim Bowden tweets that the Rangers and Rays are talking about pitcher Jake Odorizzi

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Texas Rangers trade rumors:  Jake Odorizzi is the subject of trade talks between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Jim Bowden on Twitter.  Bowden says a deal isn't close, but the teams continue to talk, with the Rays wanting a bat and having interest in Jurickson Profar, Joey Gallo and Lewis Brinson.

Odorizzi, 26, was acquired by the Rays in the James Shields trade with the Royals.  He's been part of the Rays' rotation since the start of the 2014 season, and has put up a 3.77 ERA and 3.82 FIP in 431 IP over 76 starts in that span.  He's a bit homer prone and doesn't tend to work real deep into games -- he's averaging less than 6 IP per start this year, and has gone more than 6 innings just three times -- but he's a workmanlike starting pitcher who is probably a 2-3 win player at this point, with the potential for more if you believe there's still growth there.

Odorizzi has three years of team control after 2016, which is one of the bigger selling points he offers.  That being said, I'm not sure he warrants dealing someone like Profar, Gallo or Brinson, and I'm not sure that the Rays are going to be willing to move him without getting a someone of that ilk in the deal.

The Rangers are thought to be looking for a young, controllable starting pitcher who could be part of their playoff rotation this year, and who will be here after 2017, Yu Darvish's final season before he hits free agency.  Sonny Gray and Jose Fernandez have been discussed as possibilities, but the Marlins are in the race (and were just buyers, acquiring Fernando Rodney last week), while Oakland may not be looking to move Gray at this point.  That leaves pitchers like Odorizzi and Julio Teheran on the next tier for teams looking for a quality starter who isn't a rental.