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Rangers trade for Braves pitcher Jake Odorizzi

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Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi spent the 2021 season with the Houston Astros. File Photo by Maria Lysaker/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/284f7df3abe56455a4f6b4099f77a9e1/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi spent the 2021 season with the Houston Astros. File Photo by Maria Lysaker/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves traded pitcher Jake Odorizzi and cash to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Kolby Allard, the teams announced Wednesday night.

Odorizzi, 32, logged a 4.40 ERA and 6-6 record in 22 starts last season. He started the campaign with the Houston Astros, but was traded to the Braves in August. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound starting pitcher owns a 3.99 ERA and a 74-69 record in 241 career appearances, including 237 starts.

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Odorizzi entered the league as the No. 32 overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 MLB Draft. The Brewers traded the right-handed pitcher to the Kansas City Royals in 2010. He made his MLB debut in 2012, but was traded again the next off-season to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Odorizzi was traded for a third time in 2018, when the Rays sent him to the Minnesota Twins. He joined the Astros in 2021 as a free agent.

The 11-year veteran went 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 starts in 2019 for the Twins en route to his lone All-Star selection.

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Odorizzi's exercised a $12.5 million player option for 2023 before Wednesday's deal was completed.

Allard, 25, was the No. 14 overall pick by the Braves in the 2015 MLB Draft. The left-handed pitcher made his debut for the Braves in 2018. The Braves traded Allard to the Rangers in 2019.

Allard went 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA in 10 appearances last season. He owns a 9-23 record with a 6.07 ERA in 65 appearances for his career.

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