New York Yankees finalizing trade for Rougned Odor

Mar 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers infielder Rougned Odor against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are finalizing a trade to acquire infielder Rougned Odor from the Texas Rangers, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Per the report, the Rangers are expected to take on almost the entirety of the $27 million owed to Odor. He’s slated to make $12 million in base salary this season and in 2022 as part of a six-year, $49.5 million extension he signed in 2017. There is a $13 million team option for 2023 that can be bought out for $3 million.

Odor, 27, failed to make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster and was designated for assignment after hitting .200 in 35 at-bats during spring training. He had been Texas’ starting second baseman since 2014 but was told prior to spring training that he would be used in a utility role this spring.

Nick Solak is Texas’ starting second baseman while Charlie Culberson and Brock Holt have served as infield reserves.

Odor has slugged 30-plus homers three times during his Texas tenure.

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Odor had 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 38 games during the shortened 2020 season but batted just .167 and struck out 47 times.

That continued a downward trend from 2019 when Odor batted just .205 and struck out an American League-worst 178 times. He hit 30 homers and drove in a career-best 93 runs despite the struggles.

Odor also had issues in the field as he led all major league second basemen in errors in 2016 and 2017 and was the AL leader in errors in 2015 and 2019. He tied for the AL lead last season.

Odor has a .237 career average with 146 homers, 146 doubles and 458 RBIs in 858 games with the Rangers.

–Field Level Media