Jake Odorizzi was linked to the Mets final winter, although in a latest podcast look alongside former Twins teammate — and present Met — Trevor May on The Chris Rose Rotation, Odorizzi indicated that the workforce’s preliminary curiosity was generated by workforce president Sandy Alderson. (Mike Puma of the New York Post has an account of Odorizzi’s feedback.) As soon as Jared Porter was employed because the Mets’ GM, nonetheless, the curiosity dissipated, and the state of affairs didn’t reignite after Zack Scott took over the job after Porter’s resignation. “Early on, I assumed I used to be going to be a member of a sure workforce, then some individuals took over that workforce they usually just about hated me, so it fell via. It was Trevor’s workforce,” Odorizzi mentioned.
Odorizzi reportedly drew curiosity from a number of groups past solely the Mets, however he didn’t find yourself discovering a brand new membership till early March, when he signed a two-year cope with the Astros value $23.5MM in assured cash. The lengthy wait didn’t sit nicely with the right-hander, who described his free agent stint as “the only most irritating time I’ve had in baseball. At sure factors you suppose you will be a member of a sure workforce after which it falls via or no matter possibly and it’s like, ’All proper, now what?’ And it’s March and I’m nonetheless sitting on the home. It’s like, ’What the hell is occurring proper now?’ ”
Extra from across the baseball world…
- X-rays have been destructive on Buster Posey’s left elbow after the Giants catcher was hit by a pitch throughout the seventh inning of tonight’s sport with the Marlins. Posey stays on the basepaths after being hit, however was changed by Curt Casali at catcher within the backside half of the inning. Supervisor Gabe Kapler instructed reporters (together with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Marcus White) that Posey suffered an elbow contusion. Casali was already prone to begin tomorrow’s sport, although if Posey wants a little bit of restoration time wanting an correct IL stint, the Giants may need to name up Chadwick Tromp or Joey Bart in order that they aren’t shorthanded behind the plate.
- Tigers supervisor A.J. Hinch supplied Chris McCosky of the Detroit News and different reporters with some updates on injured gamers. Miguel Cabrera (left biceps pressure) shall be on the injured record past the 10-day minimal, as Hinch mentioned the veteran slugger wouldn’t be out there for the Tigers’ sequence with the Pirates from April 20-22. Nonetheless, Cabrera is making progress with baseball actions, taking grounders and hitting in an indoor batting cage. Hinch mentioned the plan is for Cabrera to take on-field BP throughout that Pirates sequence, “and as soon as he does that for a number of days, then we’ll make an evaluation on what’s subsequent for him after that….We’re going to go sequence by sequence with him.” As for Nomar Mazara, the Tigers outfielder hit the 10-day IL final Thursday as a result of a left stomach pressure. Hinch additionally expects Mazara’s IL stint to final past 10 days, estimating “a few weeks” however noting that the character of the harm makes it tough to undertaking a selected timeline.
- Yoshi Tsutsugo is off to a tough begin, with solely a .154/.214/.179 slash line over his first 43 plate appearances of the season. This efficiency has already price Tsutsugo taking part in time, and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wonders if it’d lead the Rays to half methods with Tsutsugo altogether, possibly as quickly as Might when Ji-Man Choi is off the injured record. It might basically be a punt on the $7MM wage Tsutsugo is owed this season, and whereas the low-payroll Rays can be loath to eat that a lot cash, Topkin writes that “the Rays might determine Tsutsugo is a misplaced trigger.” The phrases of Tsutsugo’s two-year, $12MM contract stop him from being despatched to the minors with out his permission. Tsutsugo was fairly common (98 wRC+, 99 OPS+) over 158 PA in his first Main League season in 2020, with the plain caveats that he needed to cope with the pandemic on prime of the difficulties of adjusting to a brand new league.