Detroit Tigers: 3 free agent options at starting pitcher
RHP Jake Odorizzi
If you watched the MLB post-season, you saw Odorizzi warm up three times in the bullpen in the final game against the Houston Astros but never got to pitch in the final game. Then, you see him walk up to the mound after the game scrap the dirt, and quietly stand there before leaving the mound.
“Just wanted to have one more moment on the mound. It’s treated me really well over the years. Thought it was appropriate, and closure, if so. If not, then see you later.”
He really enjoyed his time in Minnesota and could come back but that quote was quite interesting. Prior to the 2020 season, Odorizzi has been a steady pitcher, making 28 starts for six consecutive seasons. His 2019 season was a good one, going 15-7 and earning an appearance in the All-Star game.
He is more a groundball pitcher but he would be a good fit for the Tigers based on how Detroit adjusted to the shift in 2020. In six starts at Comerica Park lifetime, 34.1 innings, 26 hits, 38 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.36. I think a two-year deal here, which has been rare so far since Chris Illitch has been the owner, would be ideal.