Report: Rays trying to package Odorizzi with Dickerson, Span


The Tampa Bay Rays might not be done dealing yet, as the club is reportedly working to include either Corey Dickerson or Denard Span in a trade involving starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins are among teams interested in Odorizzi, according to the report, though Topkin includes the caveat that other teams are involved.

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Odorizzi, 27, has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining after this year. The pitcher and team are awaiting the arbitrator's decision for his 2018 salary after their hearing reportedly already happened. Odorizzi is believed to have filed at $6.3 million while the Rays countered with $6.05 million.

The 29-year-old Dickerson is due $5.95 million next season and will have his final year of arbitration next winter. In 150 games last year, Dickerson posted a .282/.325/.490 slash line with 27 home runs while appearing in his first All-Star game.

Meanwhile, Span came over as part of the Evan Longoria trade in an attempt to mitigate the payroll obligations the San Francisco Giants were taking on. The 34-year-old is due $11 million in 2018 and has a $12-million team option for the 2019 season that would cost $4 million to buy out. In 129 games with the Giants last year, Span managed a .272/.329/.427 slash line with 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases.

With Opening Day still over a month away, the Twins recently lost Ervin Santana to injury. The staff ace will likely miss the first month of 2018 after undergoing finger surgery.

The Brewers are faced with a similar problem and could benefit from adding Odorizzi to help mitigate the loss of Jimmy Nelson, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in September.

Odorizzi had a 4.14 ERA and 5.43 FIP over 28 starts last season.

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