Texas Rangers: Rougned Odor Signs Six-Year Extension
The Texas Rangers and second baseman Rougned Odor have agreed to a six-year extension. The deal is worth $49.5 million and it includes a seventh year option. No doubt, a very smart investment made. Odor is one of the youngest rising stars of the Texas Rangers Organization and is the future of the club.
FanRag’s Jon Heyman broke the news earlier this morning. According to Heyman, Odor and the Rangers have been in talks for a extension for quite some time and Odor was looking for a contract similar to Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis. And now, it’s finally worked out
Odor, 23, dominated last season, registering 164 hits, including 33 doubles, scoring 89 runs, recording 88 RBIs, blasting 33 homers, stealing 14 bases, and batting .271. All those numbers are career-highs. Since making his debut in 2014, Odor has put up amazing statistical numbers and has been playing great baseball. Of course, no one will forget the incident between Texas and Toronto last May when Jose Bautista dangerously slid into Odor during a double-play, resulting Odor shoving and punching Bautista right in the face, igniting a massive brawl between two sides.
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Odor participated in this Spring’s World Baseball Classic, representing his native country Venezuela. Appearing in six games, he went 5-19, including one double, scoring five runs, and striking out three times. In a game against the USA, he blasted a sole homer, however Venezuela came up short and lost 4-2. Nonetheless, blasting a homer while representing his country is lifelong goal Odor can be proud of for his entire life.
Due to his participation of the WBC, Odor missed a significant amount of time in Spring Training. However, there’s nothing to worry about. There’s no negative reports on Odor as of late, so he looks to be on pace of being ready for Opening Day, which is about eight days away from today.
In his first three years, Odor has done very well. He’s only 23 years old and he’s yet to be in his prime. They way he plays shows he may be a piece of the puzzle needed for the Rangers to reach and win the World Series. His future in a Texas Rangers uniform looks very bright, indeed.