KANSAS CITY, Mo. For a stretch, Jake Odorizzi kept the snapshot in his mind: One day, if the stars were aligned, he'd become the Royals' main man, the stopper, the crown jewel of the giant crown along I-70. Instead, he'll go down in Kansas City history as the man traded for one ace, then traded two years later for another.
History's funny like that.
"(It's my) second trade, obviously, so both times, it's been (for) good pitchers," Odorizzi told FOXSportsKansasCity.com Monday, less than 18 hours after he was shipped from the Royals to Tampa Bay. "I think it's kind of humbling, I guess."
Of course, flattery sometimes makes for strange bedfellows. In December 2010, the 22-year-old was the pitching centerpiece of the haul the Milwaukee Brewers sent back in exchange for Zack Grienke. On Sunday night, he played the part of sexy bait again, this time in a package from the Royals to the Rays, bringing veteran arms James Shields and Wade Davis in return. Shields 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA th...