Sunday, February 11, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi and Houston Astros righty Collin McHugh suddenly have much in common. Both are awaiting salary-arbitration hearings. Both are under club control for two more seasons. And both are drawing trade interest, according to major league sources.
The intentions of the New York Yankees, who have checked in on Odorizzi at various points, are less clear. The Yankees’ rotation seemingly is set with Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery. But the team has been trying to trade center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to clear money for other pursuits, including a possible run at Darvish.
Odorizzi is a strange case, because he’s coming off a NEGATIVE WAR season and will be 28 in 2018, and yet everyone seems pretty confident in his abilities (he had back-to-back 3.6 and 3.0 WAR seasons in 2015 and 2016) enough so that the Rays will still be looking for a decent return.
I don’t think he makes sense for the Yankees, as is he even an upgrade over Montgomery? If they want to add someone to their rotation, it simply has to be someone who is a logical upgrade over Montgomery. Otherwise, why bother? Just get an infielder, for crying out loud!