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RHP Jake Odorizzi defeats Tampa Bay Rays in arbitration

By Alex Butler
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RHP Jake Odorizzi defeats Tampa Bay Rays in arbitration
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Knowing that you don't have to move during the Major League Baseball offseason is great. Returning to the same club with a new deal is even better.

The Tampa Bay Rays will pay right-hander Jake Odorizzi $4.1 million in 2017, after losing its arbitration case Monday in St. Petersburg. The Rays came in with an initial offer of $3.825 million for the starting pitcher.

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Odorizzi, 26, was 10-6 last season with a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts. He has a career ERA of 3.75. The No. 32 pick in the 2008 amateur draft played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2008 to 2010, before being traded to the Kansas City Royals. He was part of the six-player deal that landed Zack Greinke with the Milwaukee Brewers. Odorizzi was traded again in 2012 to the Rays.

He made $520,700 last season and remains arbitration eligible through 2019.

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"We just felt like what my value was didn't match what the figure was before the agreement, and that was the turning point about going to arbitration," Odorizzi said, via MLB.com. "And it turns out we fought a good fight and won. It's just nice to have it all done and over with and in the past. Now it's officially baseball season and we can focus on things as a team."

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In November, the Boston Globe reported that the Rays were possibly "looking to deal" Odorizzi before spring training.

Odorizzi went 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA after the All-Star break. He was the only pitcher in the Rays' rotation with a winning record.

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