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Jake Odorizzi wins final spot in Tampa Bay Rays rotation


The Tampa Bay Rays had a three man competition for the final spot in their starting rotation this spring. The candidates were Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard, and Cesar Ramos.

On Saturday the Rays announced that the 22-year-old Odorizzi, with only six career starts under his belt, will claim the 5th spot in the rotation.

This starts a domino effect for the two guys who lost out. Chris Cotillo notes that Bedard will opt out of his deal with Tampa Bay and try to catch on with somebody else.

Ramos, age 29, had the best showing in Spring Training of the bunch. Tommy Rancel notes that he might become an intriguing trade piece if the Rays do not hold onto him for depth.

For both Bedard and Ramos a team like the Philadelphia Phillies might make sense, especially because they have recently expressed a desire to add a starting pitcher.

In the end the Rays opted for the upside with Odorizzi. If he pops it makes the Rays’ rotation silly good as they try to reclaim the top of the American League East. From Joe Maddon himself.

Let’s just say that teams around the league would love to have the options that the Rays do with their pitching staff.

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