Twins acquire Jake Odorizzi from Tampa Bay in exchange for Jermaine Palacios

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios.

February 18th, 2018

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios.

Odorizzi, 27, has appeared in 129 major league games (126 starts) over parts of six seasons with the Rays (2013-2017) and Kansas City Royals (2012). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Odorizzi posted a 10-8 record with a 4.14 ERA (143.1 IP, 66 ER), 127 strikeouts and 61 walks over 28 starts for the Rays in 2017. Additionally, the Illinois native logged a career-best 187.2 innings (33 starts) with a 3.69 ERA in 2016, while his 3.35 ERA in 2015 ranked as the eighth best among American League qualifying starters.

Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Odorizzi has a combined major league record of 40-38 with a 3.83 ERA (705.1 IP, 300 ER).

Palacios, who was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent in 2013, has played in parts of four minor league seasons hitting a career .290 average (342-for-1,178) with 63 doubles, 23 triples and 17 home runs in 301 games. The 21-year old Palacios finished the 2017 season with the Ft. Myers Miracle (Single-A). To make room for Odorizzi on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to the 60-day disabled list.