Astros officially sign Jake Odorizzi

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Astros have officially signed free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi. He has agreed to a two-year deal.

The contract also calls for a player option for the 2023 season. The first two seasons are worth $20.25 million.

Jake Odorizzi (Getty Images)

If Odorizzi reaches his incentives, his third-year option will be bought out. He can earn up to $30 million over the next two seasons if he reaches his attainable incentives in his deal.

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Odorizzi will receive a $6 million signing bonus in 2021. His signing bonus will fall to $5 million in 2022.

The Astros needed to sign a pitcher after losing one of their own for the entire 2021 season. The team is expected to be without Framber Valdez, who is dealing with a finger injury.

The 30-year-old Illinois native is joining his fourth MLB team with this transaction. He previously pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, and the Minnesota Twins.

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In 2020, he went 0-1 in four starts. Odorizzi had a 6.59 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.

He allowed 10 runs (10 earned runs), including four home runs, on 16 hits. He also struck out 12 batters and walked three.

Odorizzi has gone 62-56 in his career. He has made 195 appearances, including 192 starts.

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He has a 3.92 ERA in 1,042 1/3 innings. Odorizzi has also completed two games and has one save.

Also, Odorizzi has allowed 485 runs (454 earned runs) on 934 hits. He has also allowed 141 home runs.

Odorizzi has struck out 995 batters and walked 358.

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