Tuesday afternoon the New York Yankees pulled a somewhat surprising move as they finalized a trade for former Texas Rangers second basemen, Rougned Odor. Odor did not make the Rangers’ opening day roster and was sent to their alternate training site to begin the season. Odor has two years and a little more than 27 million left on his deal with a club option for a third year. Texas is expected to absorb nearly all of Odor’s deal according to ESPN insider Jeff Passan. Odor signed a six-year $49.5 million dollar deal in 2017 to stay in Texas.
In the last few years, Odor has been below league average offensively. He’s recorded an 83 OPS+ since 2018. The league average is 100. He has batted .237 for his career.
The Yankees sent prospects Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers to Texas. New York will also be making a move to fit Odor onto the 40 man roster.
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
How Can The Yankees Use Odor?
Seeing how the Yankees use Odor is going to be very interesting. The Yankees badly needed a power lefty bat in the lineup. Odor can help solve that, as he has three 30 home run seasons in the past. His lefty swing can also be very important considering the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. Hopefully, he can fix his offensive issues with a fresh start in New York. He is a very good depth piece and can be used in various situations such as pinch-hit situations with his lefty bat.