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Braves acquire starter Jake Odorizzi from Astros for reliever Will Smith, per report


Both teams that squared off in the 2021 World Series paired up for a reported pre-deadline trade on Monday. In accordance with Mark Berman, the Houson Astros are sending right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi to the Atlanta Braves for left-handed reliever Will Smith.

Odorizzi, 32, this year includes a 3.75 ERA and 2.71 K/BB ratio in 12 starts for Houston this year. He missed roughly six weeks earlier in the entire year due to lower leg discomfort. Odorizzi is owed the total amount of an $8 million salary because of this season, and his contract carries a $6.5 million player option/$3.25 million buyout for 2022. The Braves have a complete rotation right now, but Odorizzi gives them a choice when they decide Charlie Morton or Ian Anderson isn’t passing muster.

For Houston, their rotation depth allowed them to spend the Odorizzi for a needed lefty arm in the bullpen. The 33-year-old Smith includes a 4.38 ERA and 1.95 K/BB ratio this year, however in Atlanta he’s been overexposed to the contrary side. If Dusty Baker with the Astros has the capacity to confine him, at the very least mostly, to platoon-advantaged situations, he then should fare better. For his career, Smith has limited left-handed batters to an OPS of .645. Smith’s contract carries a team option for 2023.

At the moment, the Astros are 67-37 and in first invest the American League West. The reigning-champion Braves, meantime, are 62-41, firmly in possession of a wild-card spot, but still within selection of the first-place Mets in the National League East.

Elsewhere, the Braves on Monday also acquired outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers, Joel Sherman reports. Grossman, 32, has struggled in Detroit this year with a slash type of .205/.313/.282 and two home runs in 83 games. He’s a pending free agent. Likely to the Tigers will undoubtedly be lefty pitching prospect Kris Anglin, reports Cody Stavenhagen. Anglin, who soon turns 21, includes a 5.23 ERA over elements of two minor-league seasons. He’s a former 16th-rounder.

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