Braves reportedly completing trade of Will Smith to Astros for Jake Odorizzi

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It appears the Braves are close to acquiring right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Astros for left-handed reliever Will Smith, according to multiple reports.

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Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos had a busy Monday.

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He acquired Ehire Adrianza and designated Robinson Canó for assignment. He extended Austin Riley, making the third baseman a franchise cornerstone.

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He traded for Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman, then worked on acquiring Odorizzi while trading away Smith.

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This season, Odorizzi has a 3.75 ERA over 12 starts. He suffered a left leg injury in May and didn’t return until July 4.

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In five starts since then, he has a 4.45 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings.

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He could enter the Braves’ rotation. They have five starters, but you can never have too much pitching, especially because Ian Anderson has struggled. Odorizzi has a player option on his contract for 2023.

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Odorizzi’s four-seam fastball has averaged 92 mph this season. He also throws a cutter, a splitter, a slider and a curveball.

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Odorizzi would give the Braves six starting pitchers. They have been using a five-man rotation.

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These could allow the Braves to use six starters for the time being.

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Anderson has a 4.99 ERA and a 1.505 WHIP through 20 starts. He’s experienced tons of postseason success for the Braves since debuting in 2020.

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He’s still young and could turn it around this season. Acquiring Odorizzi would give the Braves options with how to handle the rotation.