NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Infielder Rougned Odor was traded Tuesday from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for minor league outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers.
The 27-year-old Odor did not make the Rangers’ opening day roster and was designated for assignment on April 1. He is a left-handed hitter, and the Yankees have a mostly right-handed lineup.READ MORE: Widow Of Good Samaritan Who Suffered Deadly Blow On DART Train, Seeking Answers And Justice
“Hopefully we can help him get that talent out that we’ve seen flash over the years,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Odor is a second baseman but also played third at spring training.
The Rangers tweeted “Thank you, Rougie” with a collage of photos of his time with the team.
Thank you, Rougie. pic.twitter.com/NeH5dTDPkj
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 6, 2021
He has two guaranteed seasons at $12 million each remaining as part of a $49.5 million, six-year contract. The deal includes a $13.5 million team option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout. Texas will pay the Yankees cash to cover most of what Odor is owed.READ MORE: Dallas' Vogel Alcove Breaking Cycle Of Poverty Through What Looks Like Playtime
Odor has a .237 career average with 146 homers and 458 RBIs in seven major league seasons. He hit .167 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and batted .200 with two homers and five RBIs in 35 spring training at-bats for the Rangers.
New York starts right-handed hitters with the exceptions of switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks and left-handed hitting first baseman Jay Bruce, who is starting while Luke Voit recovers from knee surgery.
The 20-year-old Cabello hit .251 with 19 doubles, nine triples, eight homers and 40 RBIs in the minors from 2018-19.
Stowers, 24, has hit .268 with 39 doubles, 12 homers and 68 RBIs over two minor league seasons.MORE NEWS: 5 Shannon High School Student In Birdville ISD Showed Symptoms Of Overdose, 1 Taken To Hospital
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