Coming off his first all-star campaign, the 6’2″ Jake Odorizzi will turn 30 just as the 2020 season is starting. This is his time to sign the biggest contract of his career. After pulling down $9.5 million with the Minnesota Twins in 2019, how much would it take for him to consider the Miami Marlins?
Not a generational talent by any stretch, Odorizzi is a solid number two or three starter pretty much anywhere. His 13.4 career WAR is bolstered by three seasons of 3+ WAR ratings. For just the second time in his career, he posted a K/9 rate of greater than a strikeout per inning in 2019, with 178 K’s in 159 frames for a mark of 10.1 (he finished at 9.3 in 2014 for the Tampa Bay Rays).
The thing about Odorizzi is that his worst is nearly as good as his best. With him, you get what you pay for. As a member of the Miami Marlins rotation, we could count on a double-digit win season and a sub-4 ERA, along with somewhere around a strikeout per inning. In this sense, I liken an Odorizzi signing along with past Marlins signings as Starlin Castro and Sergio Romo. With them, you knew exactly what you were getting.