Jake Odorizzi has won his case against the Tampa Bay Rays in an arbitration hearing for the second year in a row according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The arbitration panel decided in his favor and awarded him a salary of $6.3M for the 2018 season, as opposed to the $6.05M originally offered by the Rays.
The defeat makes the Rays 0-2 this year in their arbitration cases as they had already lost to Adeiny Hechavarria earlier this month. After a strong showing initially under the Stuart Sternberg regime (6-0), they are now 6-4 overall in arbitration.
Odorizzi, who will turn 28 in March, sill has one year of arbitration eligibility left in 2019 before he become a free agent the following season. His is a very popular name in trade talks this offseason, with numerous teams being linked to him at some point over these past few months.
For now, Odorizzi remains with the Rays and is slated to pitch behind Chris Archer in the starting rotation, but with his arbitration case settled there could be more movement on the trade front.
In 2017, Odorizzi started 28 games for the Rays and compiled a 10-8 record with a 4.14 ERA / 5.43 FIP over the course of 143.1 innings pitched.