The Twins acquired righthander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays on Saturday night.
It's also not surprising that the Twins are the ones that landed Odorizzi Minnesota has been in search of starting pitching help all offseason, and Odorizzi is a ideal fit.
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). 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. Odorizzi was drafted by Milwaukee 32nd overall in 2008. Over the past three years, though, he's logged 500 innings with a 3.71 ERA, which is noteworthy in the American League East. And for the Twins to give up a minor leaguer who is potentially years away from the big leagues, and was not among the top shortstop prospects in the system, it appears to be a favorable deal for Minnesota.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who turns 28 just before Opening Day, will make the short drive from Port Charlotte, Florida, to Fort Myers to join his new team.
Earlier in the week, Chris Archer had said he believes the Rays are capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.
Dickerson was the AL's starting designated hitter in last year's All-Star Game.
"I say this every year, because we always have a special organization when it comes to arms, but I'm willing to put it up against everybody in the league", Archer added. "I think everybody in here is capable of doing that".
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.