Astros boost rotation by signing Odorizzi to 2-year deal

Mon Mar 8 9:10pm ET

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

HOUSTON (AP) Right-hander Jake Odorizzi signed a two-year contract with the Houston Astros on Monday.

An All-Star with Minnesota in 2019, Odorizzi was limited to four starts last season because of injuries. He was 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA for the Twins during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Odorizzi was selected to his first All-Star team in 2019 when he made 30 starts and went a career-best 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA. He had 178 strikeouts and allowed 139 hits that season for the Twins.

He'll join an Astros rotation that entered this year without ace Justin Verlander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and lost Framber Valdez indefinitely to a broken finger this spring.

The 30-year-old Odorizzi spent the last three seasons with the Twins and has also pitched for Tampa Bay and Kansas City during his nine-year career. He is 62-56 with a 3.92 ERA in 195 appearances (192 starts).

He's won at least 10 games four times and has four seasons with at least 30 starts.

Houston placed reliever Pedro Baez on the injured list to make roster room for Odorizzi.

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