Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo needs to get hooked up with Bloomberg, ASAP:
“We don’t think that the free-agent class leads us to [pay big money],”
Rizzo said. “I believe the things we need or want the most are out
there, and we are going to address it. I don’t see us going after that
super free agent like Matt Holliday or Jon Garland. I don’t see us
playing on that level. We don’t think it’s a fit for us.”
Garland is so super, in fact, that the Dodgers did not include him on their roster
during the NLCS. You know, just to level the playing field.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.