Today is the final day for players to accept or reject a qualifying offer if they were extended one from their 2019 team. The Minnesota Twins, as expected, extended a qualifying offer to starter Jake Odorizzi, who turned in a great year for Minnesota. Qualifying offers are a contract for one year and at the average of the top 125 contracts in Major League Baseball from the past season; this year it is at $17.8 million. With the Twins’ starting rotation wide open behind Jose Berrios, extending a QO to Odorizzi was a no-brainer.
Odorizzi has accepted the teams’ qualifying offer, securing a spot in the Twins starting rotation for 2020 as well as $17.8 million. Odo posted a career year in 2019 with a 3.51 ERA (131 ERA+), 3.36 FIP, and a 10.1 K/9 in 30 starts for Minnesota this year. His first half also earned him a spot on the American League All-Star roster. In the year of the juiced ball, he allowed only 16 home runs (a 0.9 HR/9) and posted a WHIP of 1.208 with 178 strikeouts.
Even with this good news, the front office, freshly extended to 2024, still has some work cut out for themselves to fill in the three remaining rotation spots for the upcoming season behind La Makina and Odo. It’s still early in the off season of free agency, but with the GM Meetings going on right now, the Twins have continued to push that they are ready to spend some money on starting pitching. Thankfully, they’ll have one less spot to worry about.