Odorizzi is one of ten MLB players who’ve been tendered qualifying offers this winter. He has until Thursday at 5 p.m. ET to make a decision.
Any player who accepts a qualifying offer is ineligible to receive another the following year. If Odorizzi accepts the one-year deal to stay with Minnesota, he’d join a free-agent class led by starters Trevor Bauer, Robbie Ray, and James Paxton next offseason.
If Odorizzi rejects the deal, he’d be attached to draft-pick compensation and have to compete for employment in a stronger pitching market this winter that’s set to include Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Madison Bumgarner.
Odorizzi, 29, enjoyed somewhat of a breakout in his second season with the Twins in 2019. The right-hander authored a 3.51 ERA and a 3.36 FIP over 30 starts, posting a career-best 27.1% strikeout rate and making his first All-Star Game.