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Braves purchase starter Jake Odorizzi from Astros for reliever Will Smith, per report

Braves purchase starter Jake Odorizzi from Astros for reliever Will Smith, per report

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The 2 groups that squared off within the 2021 World Sequence paired up for a reported pre-deadline commerce on Monday. According to Mark Berman, the Houson Astros are sending right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi to the Atlanta Braves for left-handed reliever Will Smith

Odorizzi, 32, this season has a 3.75 ERA and a pair of.71 Okay/BB ratio in 12 begins for Houston this season. He missed roughly six weeks earlier within the yr due to decrease leg discomfort. Odorizzi is owed the steadiness of an $8 million wage for this season, and his contract features a $6.5 million participant choice/$3.25 million buyout for 2022. The Braves have a full rotation in the intervening time, however Odorizzi provides them an choice within the occasion that they determine Charlie Morton or Ian Anderson is not passing muster. 

For Houston, their rotation depth allowed them to half with Odorizzi for a wanted lefty arm within the bullpen. The 33-year-old Smith has a 4.38 ERA and 1.95 Okay/BB ratio this season, however in Atlanta he is been overexposed to the alternative aspect. If Dusty Baker with the Astros is ready to confine him, at the least largely, to platoon-advantaged conditions, then he ought to fare higher. For his profession, Smith has restricted left-handed batters to an OPS of .645. Smith’s contract features a crew choice for 2023. 

At current, the Astros are 67-37 and in first place within the American League West. The reigning-champion Braves, meantime, are 62-41, firmly in possession of a wild-card spot, and nonetheless inside vary of the first-place Mets within the Nationwide League East. 

Elsewhere, the Braves on Monday additionally acquired outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers, Joel Sherman reports. Grossman, 32, has struggled in Detroit this season with a slash line of .205/.313/.282 and two dwelling runs in 83 video games. He is a pending free agent. Going to the Tigers will probably be lefty pitching prospect Kris Anglin, reports Cody Stavenhagen. Anglin, who quickly turns 21, has a 5.23 ERA over components of two minor-league seasons. He is a former Sixteenth-rounder. 

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