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Minnesota Twins retain Jake Odorizzi after he accepts qualifying offer

The Minnesota Twins have taken the first step into filling one of four open spots in their starting rotation and it just so happens that it’s a familiar face. One week after making a qualifying offer, Jake Odorizzi accepted a one-year, $17.8 million contract on Thursday ensuring his return to Minnesota in 2020. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

On the surface, this deal looks a little strange. Odorizzi was brilliant for the Twins in the first half of the season, posting a 9-2 record and 1.