The Braves have made their second trade of the offseason already, and while this one isn’t a blockbuster move either, it’s pivotal to what they need to do this offseason.
The Atlanta Braves today acquired LHP Kolby Allard from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP Jake Odorizzi and cash.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 9, 2022
Odorizzi was set to make $12.5 million this season if he picked up his player option. The Braves obviously didn’t want to pay him that. He has no place on this roster next year. By moving him, they will save a large chunk of change. How much will be determined by how much cash they sent to the Rangers in the deal.
The club brings back Kolby Allard, a former first-round pick for the Braves. In Atlanta, he pitched three games before being shipped off to Texas, where he’s posted an 8-22 record with a 5.85 ERA over 62 games, including 34 starts, in four seasons. With the Rangers this past season, the 25-year-old had an unsightly 7.29 ERA in ten relief appearances and a 4.65 ERA in 20 starts for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate. It’s safe to say that he’ll be spending his time with the Stripers if he makes it that far.