BREAKING: Yankees acquire IF Rougned Odor from the Texas Rangers

 

The New York Yankees have acquired IF Rougned Odor from the Texas Rangers for outfield prospects Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers.  The news was first broken by ESPN’s Jeff Passan this afternoon.  Passan also notes that the Rangers will be assuming the majority of the money owed to Odor ($27 million) through the 2022 season plus a buyout on a 2023 option.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report the prospects going to Texas in the deal. 

Photo Credit: Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News

Odor has struggled to hit consistently over the past four seasons, slashing just .215/.279/.697 with a 77 OPS+ over that stretch, however, his OPS is buoyed by 88 home runs over that stretch, including 30 home run campaigns in 2017 and 2019.


Per multiple reports, the Rangers will be covering 100% of Odor's pay this year which reduces the Yankees' tax-hit to $0.  Rostering Odor and having Texas pay his entire salary would actually reduce New York's CBT hit in 2021 since his $0 figure would replace even at worse a player making the Major League minimum.


It’s not yet clear if this acquisition is in response to a pending injury announcement or just a bench addition.  If the latter, expect Tyler Wade to be optioned to the alternate site to make room for Odor.

  

Article by: Andrew Natalizio

 

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