Rangers Trade For Starting Pitcher From Braves

The Texas Rangers have taken the first of what is expected to be several steps to rebuild their starting rotation, completing a trade with the Atlanta Braves for starter Jake Odorizzi.

In return, the Braves receive 25-year-old left-hander Kolby Allard, who has yet to distinguish himself at the major league level. And that's putting it lightly. He had a 7.29 ERA in 21 innings for the Rangers this season, and a 6.07 career ERA in parts of five big league seasons (that began, in fact, with Atlanta in 2018). 

Odorizzi, 32, came over to the Braves mid-season in a trade with the Houston Astros. The 11-year veteran performed relatively well in the first half for Houston, with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. But he crash-and-burned with the Braves, with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. 

Odorizzi has had flashes of being a solid starter over the course of his career, and actually was an All-Star in 2019 with the Minnesota Twins, going 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA. 

As Braves beat writer Mark Bowman notes, this could be simply a money thing for Atlanta.  

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