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It’s Official: Yankees Acquire Rangers INF Rougned Odor for 2 OF Prospects

Ed Botti

Sources announced this afternoon that the Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire infielder Rougned Odor from the Rangers.


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Neither team has officially announced the transaction.

It was reported that Texas will assume almost all of the remaining $27 million on Odor’s contract over the next two seasons.

Odor was designated for assignment on March 29. It appears to be a depth piece for the Yankees.

The Yankees traded a pair of minor leaguers for the 27-year-old infielder an MLB source confirmed. Names to be announced soon.

Odor, a lefty, hit .167 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 38 games for Texas last season.

He has slash line of .237/.289/.439 (88 OPS+) in 858 big league games from 2014-20, all with the Rangers.

He has hit 30 or more home runs in a season three times in his career. Most recently in 2019.

Odor has only played second base in his big league career.

It is possible that something else is going on here. Why acquire a second baseman?

Rougned’s claim to fame? Ask Jose Bautista!

The New York Yankees announced that they have acquired INF Rougned Odor and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. A corresponding 40-man roster move will be made later today. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 6, 2021

To make room for INF Rougned Odor on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated INF Thairo Estrada for assignment. Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees also optioned RHP Michael King to the Alternate Site. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 6, 2021

By adding Odor, Yankees realize small benefit in luxury-tax (CBT) payroll. Odor makes $12M cash. His CBT number is $8.25M. Money from Rangers will drop him to $0 in that calculation. So even if he replaces someone making minimum, he will save NYY small amount in CBT payroll. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 6, 2021

Have to think the Yankees see something in Rougned Odor’s underlying numbers the way they did with Luke Voit. Overall, this is a low-cost opportunity to bring in a LHH with offensive upside? Honestly have zero clue what to expect. — Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 6, 2021

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