The Houston Astros and free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi have agreed to a two year deal with a player option, per reports. The exact details haven’t been reported, but Jon Heyman is saying that it would net Odorizzi around $30 million, including the buyout on the third year, if he declined the player option after year two.
This makes sense for the Astros, who had depth issues with their rotation even before Framber Valdez suffered a fractured ring finger that could cost him the 2021 season. Odorizzi, a right handed starter who turns 31 this month, had a short, bad 2020 season for the Minnesota Twins, but has generally been a solid, reliable starter over his career. His addition puts Houston in a much better position for the 2021 season.