Braves and Astros are trading Will Smith for Jake Odorizzi – MLB Trade Rumors | Omd Cialis

The Astros acquire helpers Will Smith by the Braves for starters Jake Odorizzireports Mark Berman of Fox 26 (Twitter link).

Odorizzi has been seen as an expendable piece for the Astros, perhaps at least since he was dropped from the club’s ALDS roster last October. He’s been working in Houston this year as part of a six-man rotation, but Lance McCullers Jr. is close to making his season debut as he recovers from a forearm strain. Odorizzi, 32, has a solid 3.75 ERA in a dozen starts for the Astros this year, averaging exactly five innings per game. He’s a flyball pitcher who’s never been particularly adept at missing hitters, but this year he’s been able to avoid hard shots to get good results.

It seems that Atlanta’s motivation here is to add veteran depth to the back of their rotation, which consisted almost entirely of Max Fried, Kyle Wright, Charlie Morton, Ian Andersonand rookie sensation Spencer Strider. Anderson struggled with a 4.99 ERA while Strider hit 80 1/3 innings in the season after posting a career-high 94 last year. Odorizzi’s last game was an excellent showcase for Houston – seven innings scoreless against the Mariners. Odorizzi had injured his leg in May, knocking him out for seven weeks and dealing with a blister before the start against Seattle.

The contract of Odorizzi plays a role here. He’s making $5 million this year (about $1.79 million remaining), but would win $500,000 if he hit 100 innings, plus $1 million each on 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 innings. Odorizzi is currently at 60 innings, so 120 seems like the likely upper limit. Odorizzi also has a $6.5 million player option with a $3.25 million buyout, but as Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle explains, “Odorizzi’s player option can be exercised at a base salary of $12.5 million.” Dollars and a $6.25 million buyout – but only if he tackles with 30 games where he gets 12 or more outs in 2021-22. After Sunday, Odorizzi has 29 such games in 2021-22.” Given that the pitcher appears to have at least $3 million at stake to get another four-inning start, it was mutually beneficial for the Astros to find a team that would make him more comfortable hitting that threshold and getting a few performance bonuses.

Smith, 33, was the top picker in the 2019-20 free agent class. The Braves signed him to a whopping three-year, $40 million contract, also giving up their second-round draft pick and $500,000 in international bonus money. Smith’s effectiveness diminished in Atlanta as he was often taken out by longball and increasingly poor control. He served the Braves as closer to acceptable results in the 2021 regular season but then became a major factor in their postseason run with 11 scoreless innings and six saves. Smith will forever be immortalized as the pitcher on the mound when the Braves won it all last year.

The Braves signed in March Kenley Jansen, pushing Smith into a setup role. Smith was the Braves’ third-highest leverage at times this season, but in July he ranked seventh in that regard and was used in more of a clean-up role. According to MLB.com’s Mark BowmanSmith probably would have been the odd man for Atlanta once he was once a veteran aide Kirby Yates is activated. Smith makes $13 million this year (about $4.6 million remaining) and owes a $1 million buyout for 2023.

Smith joins a Houston-led bullpen Ryan Pressly, Raphael Montero, Hector Neris, Ryne Stanekand Phil Maton. None of these pitchers throws lefties and southpaws BlakeTaylor met the IL in June with an elbow infection. Smith has never relied on speed, so it’s possible that a fresh look at his mechanics and pitch-mixing, especially given the Astros’ solid reputation in that department, could fix the ship.

If Odorizzi finishes with 110-119 innings, the Braves will end up paying him around $3.3 million. By trading with Smith, Atlanta put down a financial commitment of about $5.6 million, so they would “win” $2.3 million on the swap, assuming they didn’t include cash in the deal. It’s also possible for Odorizzi to miss 110 innings. Money aside, this trade represents each team trading with a surplus to better meet their needs.

It was a busy night for Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos, who was also traded for the Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman. Similarly, Astros GM James Click was active on the eve of the trading deadline today, also adding catchers Christian Vazquez from Boston and first baseman Trey Mancini from the orioles.

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