The Mets have been linked to beginning pitcher Trevor Bauer closely the final couple weeks, however the workforce is contemplating a Plan B in case a deal doesn’t materialize.
In accordance with Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mets are a chance to signal right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi in the event that they fan on signing Bauer. The Los Angeles Angels, Boston Crimson Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, and Minnesota Twins have additionally been in touch with the Illinois native.
Odorizzi, 31 in March, is the second greatest arm left on the free agent market behind Bauer. The Mets had been linked to him earlier within the offseason, however talks simmered down because the offseason progressed.
The nine-year veteran has spent the final three years with the Twins after a February, 2018 commerce with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Odorizzi pitched in simply 4 video games in the course of the shortened 2020 season, however had a profession greatest 12 months in 2019, showing in his first All-Star Sport and logging 4.3 fWAR.
For his profession, Odorizzi owns a 3.92 ERA, 4.12 FIP and 4.43 xFIP.
On the dish, Odorizzi isn’t going to blow batters away as his fastball velocity throughout his final full season was within the twenty third percentile, whereas his fastball spin was within the thirty ninth percentile, based on Statcast.
Nevertheless, Odorizzi does discover a technique to rack up a good quantity of strikeouts, as he has 995 in 1,042.1 profession innings. His whiff charge in 2019 was additionally stable, rating within the 67th percentile, and his strikeout proportion within the 73rd percentile.
MLB Trade Rumors projected firstly of the winter that Odorizzi would safe a three-year, $39 million deal. If the Mets pivoted to him as an alternative of Bauer, it will enable them to additionally fill different wants across the diamond, similar to in middle discipline and at third base.
Odorizzi is represented by Excel Sports activities Administration.