Texas Rangers GM Chris Young gives details on Andrus, Odor’s roles
GM Chris Young went on MLB Network Radio Thursday morning and gave further details on the roles Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor will have in 2021.
The Texas Rangers offseason began with a bang with the news breaking that Isiah Kiner-Falefa would be the teams’ everyday shortstop.
As the offseason progressed, it was revealed that Nick Solak would be getting the bulk of the playing time at second, as well.
With a totally remade infield, that leaves Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor without starting jobs, assuming each would slot into utility roles.
On Thursday, we got some clarification on the roles that Andrus and Odor will have in 2021, courtesy of new GM Chris Young.
In an interview with Jon Morosi on MLB Network Radio, Chris Young said that Andrus will be given the chance to earn the starting third base job.
Chris Woodward acknowledged last week that third base will be open and there for the taking.
How fitting would it be to have Andrus replace Adrian Beltre at third base and have success?
As for Odor, he’ll move into a super-utility role.
Per Chris Young, he expects to see Rougie play all over the infield and even in the outfield.
Odor came up through the minors playing shortstop and second base, but played some third in the World Baseball Classic a few years back.
For both Andrus and Odor, it’ll be an interesting spring training to say the least.
With Odor’s dominance during spring training games, we’ll see if he manages to force his way back into the everyday lineup in 2021.
No doubt he’s done it before, but if he struggles even in the slightest early on in the regular season, his job is as good as gone.
We’ll have to wait and see how things play out when the Texas Rangers report to Surprise in a few weeks.
For now, we know that it’ll be a free-for-all for playing time at one of the premier positions on the diamond.