The Rays traded starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for single-A prospect Jermaine Palacios. The team lost the first arbitration hearing with Odorizzi this week and would have had to pay him $6.3 million this season had they not traded him. Kyle Gibson, Jose Berrios and Adalberto Mejia are the only other returning pitchers who made more than 10 starts for the Twins in 2017.
Though coming off a season that included a 4.14 earned run average and a 10-8 record in 28 starts, Odorizzi becomes the leading contender to start on Opening Day in place of Ervin Santana, who could miss the first month after finger surgery on his pitching hand.
The Angels selected Cron in the first round, with the 17th overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft and he made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2014. His nine-inning walk rate, however, jumped from 2.6 to 3.8 last season, and his fielding-independent ERA was a career-worst 5.43.
Earlier in the week, Chris Archer had said he believed the Rays were capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues. "I think everybody in here is capable of doing that".
Odorizzi, 27, was traded to the Rays in 2012 and leaves the team with 124 starts (fifth), 698 innings (sixth), 40 wins (tied for sixth) and 639 strikeouts (fifth).
Palacios, 21, put up impressive numbers last season in Low-A Cedar Rapids, slashing.320/.362/.554 with 11 home runs in 62 games played.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.