Skip to main content
Publish date:

Jake Odorizzi locked in for 2020 after accepting Twins' $17.8M offer

The deadline to accept or reject the offer was Thursday.
Author:

Jake Odorizzi has accepted a one-year qualifying offer from the Twins, meaning he'll make $17.8 million 2020 before getting a chance to test the market as a free agent before the 2021 season. 

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was the first to report the news. 

Odorizzi, 29, was offered the deal 10 days ago, and Thursday was the deadline to accept or reject the contract. Had he rejected it, he could've pursued life with another team, but any club that would've signed him would've had to give up a draft pick to the Twins. 

With Odorizzi locked in for the 2020 season, Minnesota has two of five starting pitchers locked and loaded, and both of them were All-Stars last season. 

  • Jose Berrios: 14-8, 3.68 ERA with 195 strikeouts in 200.1 innings.
  • Jake Odorizzi: 15-7, 3.51 ERA with 178 strikeouts in 159 innings. 

Despite an All-Star status, Odorizzi's second half wasn't nearly as good as his first half. He went 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA in his first 14 starts and then finished 5-5 with a 4.68 ERA over his final 16 starts. 

A full season in 2020 that resembles his first half could warrant him a massive, multi-year payday in what's considered a weaker starting pitcher market next offseason. 

It was also reported this week that Minnesota has been in contact with the representation for Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. Details on that story here

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.

covid

Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Related

Jake Odorizzi

Will the Twins submit a qualifying offer to Jake Odorizzi?

Odorizzi has had an up and down 2019 season.

Twins offer Odorizzi deal, let Gibson, Pineda become free agents

Minnesota could still sign Gibson and Pineda as free agents.

Jake Odorizzi

Jake Odorizzi the latest Twin to be placed on the injured list

The Twins hope he's ready to pitch again after the All-Star break.

Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, Eddie Rosario

Twins finalize 30-man roster; Buxton included, Odorizzi on IL

The 60-game season begins Friday night in Chicago.

Jake Odorizzi

Report: Jake Odorizzi to sign with Astros

The former Twins pitcher is headed to Houston on a two-year deal.

Jake Odorizzi

Odorizzi lowers league-leading ERA as Twins top Tampa again

Minnesota won the last three games of the four-game series in Tampa Bay.

Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios replaces Jake Odorizzi on All-Star team

Berrios is very deserving of being an All-Star.

Jake Odorizzi

Impressive pitching continues as Odorizzi mows down Tigers

Odorizzi retired 20 straight batters before leaving the game after seven innings.