The Chicago Cubs are heading to spring training with a range of starting rotation options, including the healthy and unrestricted pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi, who missed the entire previous season due to injury and surgery, is seeking a Major League deal after impressing scouts in a showcase for up to 12 teams. His availability offers potential depth to the Cubs' starting rotation. However, it remains to be seen if he would be a good fit for the team, which already boasts promising pitchers like Justin Steele and rookie Shota Imanaga.

By the Numbers
  • Jake Odorizzi has 10 years of MLB experience since his debut in 2012 with the Kansas City Royals.
  • He made his only All-Star Game appearance in 2019 with Minnesota, achieving a career-high 15 wins.
  • Throughout his career, Odorizzi holds a record of 74-69 with a 3.99 ERA.
State of Play
  • Jake Odorizzi, a well-traveled starter, missed the entire previous season due to a shoulder surgery while with the Texas Rangers
  • The Cubs' current pitching roster includes promising players like Justin Steele, Shota Imanaga, Kyle Hendricks, Jameson Taillon, Javier Assad, Jordan Wicks, and Drew Smyly, with the potential addition of top prospect Cade Horton.
Bottom Line

Jake Odorizzi's return to full health presents the Chicago Cubs with another potential option for their starting rotation, adding depth and experience to the team's pitching staff.