Astros reportedly in agreement with Jake Odorizzi on two-year deal


One of baseball's top remaining free-agent pitchers has reportedly found a new home.

The Houston Astros on Saturday reached an agreement on a two-year contract with right-hander Jake Odorizzi, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The pact also includes a player option for a third year, Passan reported.

Odorizzi, who turns 31 this month, previously pitched with the Twins, Rays and Royals.

The former first-round draft pick enjoyed a career year with Minnesota in 2019, winning a career-high 15 games and earning his first All-Star nod.

The mini-breakout marked a long-awaited step forward after Odorizzi had long been a prospect of note.

As a minor leaguer, he was a key piece in two separate blockbuster trades involving household names such as new teammate Zack Greinke, Lorenzo Cain, James Shields and Wil Myers.

Last season, Odirizzi was paid $17.8M by the Twins after he opted to accept a qualifying offer, potentially passing up a long-term deal on the open market.

The strategy may have backfired, as the 2020 virus-shortened campaign was a forgettable one for Odirizzi, who was limited to just four appearances due to injuries, including when he missed several weeks with bruised ribs after he was drilled by an Alex Gordon comebacker.

Still, the multi-year deal could keep Odorizzi in Houston at least two years, and perhaps beyond.

His arrival should help bolster a pitching staff without the services of ace Justin Verlander, who had Tommy John surgery in September. Left-hander Framber Valdez is out indefinitely after suffering a hand injury in Grapefruit League action.