Jake Odorizzi: Texas Rangers ‘enormous landing spot’

Little did Jake Odorizzi know the trade was coming. But he suspected something was wrong after telling the Atlanta Braves he was picking up the $12.5 million option in his 2023 contract.

The Braves went a day and a half without even announcing that he had exercised the option.

“I thought maybe something was going on at that point,” Odorizzi said Monday in his first news conference with Dallas-Fort Worth media.

The Braves sent Odorizzi to the Rangers for a pitcher Kolby Allard, who previously played for Atlanta.

Odorizzi said he likes Atlanta but understands the team has a lot of pitching depth. He redeemed the financial protection option after a 2022 where he spent two months on the injured list and was dealt out to the Braves from Houston.