Jake Odorizzi, Will Smith swap made official

Jul 17, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (17) reacts after a play during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves have made the swap for pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Will Smith official.

Atlanta is acquiring Odorizzi to back their rotation for the remainder of the season, and he’s posted a 4-3 record and 3.75 ERA across 60 innings pitched in so far in 2022.

For next season, the starting pitcher has a $6.5 million player option and his deal includes a $3.25 million buyout.

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Smith will provide the Astros with a veteran left-hander in their bullpen for a possible playoff run and will likely bridge the gap for closer Ryan Pressly.

The 33-year-old carries a $13 million club option for next season that includes a $1 million buyout.

In 37 innings pitched this season, Smith’s thrown for a high 4.38 ERA and five saves in 41 games.

With both ball clubs looking to make a playoff run, it seems to be a fair trade for both sides.

The Braves are currently second in the National League East behind the New York Mets with a 62-41 record.

Houston is atop of the American League West with a 67-37 record, and they’re 5-5 in their last 10 games.

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