Jake Odorizzi, Jose Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teams

Ruben Hill
November 17, 2019

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi and Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu have accepted one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offers for 2020 and will forgo free agency, it was announced Thursday.

It was likely a hard decision for Odorizzi, who was hoping to land a multi-year deal following an All-Star, career-best season in which he went 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 159 innings while holding opponents to a.231 batting average. Modern MLB teams have gotten stingy with those draft picks, which is part of the reason Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel sat on the free-agent market past year into June. He secures a contract in a free agency that could be drawn out into 2020.

In 2019, he went 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA over 159 innings pitched.

Abreu hit.284 with 33 homers and his 123 RBIs were second to Rendon's major league-best 126. Take the top closer on the market off your free-agent list.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was the first to report that Donaldson turned down his QO, while ESPN.com's Jeff Passan was the first to report on the other six names. He turns 33 in January, and the one-year deal could be a precursor to a multiyear contract with the White Sox.

A total of 90 players have been issued qualifying offers since the QO system was introduced during the 2012-13 offseason, and Odorizzi and Abreu become the seventh and eighth players to accept the one-year pact.

Over the past six seasons, the 32-year-old has averaged a steady 30 home runs to go along with 102 RBI and an OPS of.862. He made the All-Star team for the first time.

Smith is Atlanta's fourth free-agent signing of the offseason but the first to change teams. The Braves re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O'Day.

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