The Minnesota Twins traded for Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays to shore up their starting rotation and try to improve on their 85-77 record, which netted them the 2nd American League Wild Card spot.
However, they have been a complete train wreck this season as they are already 6.5 games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians. They played them on Thursday and will face them three more times this weekend. If they get swept, they will be 9.5 games back in the division and more than a dozen games back for the second Wild Card.
Before his atrocious start against last night against the Indians, in which he went 3 2/3 innings allowing eight earned runs, he was having a decent season. Prior to the start, he was 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA. However, his FIP suggests that he isn’t having that great of a season, as it was 5.05 before yesterday but now it is 5.46.
In the past 4 seasons, he has a 3.81 ERA (104 ERA+) in 120 starts. As a result of the Twins being awful this season, the Twins could look to flip Odorizzi. He is a free agent at the end of next season.
The San Diego Padres are, perhaps, the only non-contender in the NL West at this point and, really, the only starter that could net them something decent on the market is Tyson Ross.
He is 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.29 in 11 starts. He has a ERA+ is 117, FIP of 3.27, and a WHIP of 1.173.
He is only making $1.75 million this season and is a free agent at the end of the season so the likelihood of him being moved is high but he is more of a back-end rotation piece (which the Rockies don’t really need) and since he’s currently in the same division as the Rockies, it would be even harder to pull a trade off.