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Mets Rumors: Examining the chances of acquiring a star this winter

Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians laughs while on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians laughs while on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 15: Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Kansas City Royals on August 15, 2020 in game one of a doubleheader at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

Starting Pitcher Jake Odorizzi

One of the Mets’ rumors that have been burning bright since the onset of the offseason has been their interest in free-agent starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi who has experience working with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner back in Minnesota has constantly been attached to the Mets as a potential starting rotation option. It also should come as no surprise that Jeremy Hefner may be recruiting Odorizzi to the big apple, as Odorizzi had his best season under Hefner’s guidance in 2019, similar to our new addition Trevor May.

Similar to Liam Hendriks it may seem that Odorizzi could be seen as a fallback option for the front office should the Mets not land Trevor Bauer this winter. It’s also notable that the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Minnesota Twins each have shown varying degrees of interest in signing the right-handed pitcher this offseason.

I don’t envision Odorizzi signing before Bauer, as Bauer will set the market for starting pitching this offseason and may have a more robust market based on where the latter signs. However, Odorizzi’s market is one of the most prominent Mets rumors to continue to follow as the front office is expected to come away with one of the top starting pitchers in free agency.

Currently, I would give the Mets a 50% chance to sign the 30-year old starting pitcher similar to the odds I gave the Mets to sign Trevor Bauer. I believe the front office is going to come away with one of those two starting pitchers that the Mets rumors are surrounding this winter.

The percentage Jake Odorizzi signs with New York Mets: 50%

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