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: VIDEO: Local Sign Spinner Aims For World Championship
“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: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
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: Former 737 Max Chief Technical Pilot Enters Innocent Plea To Charge He Deceived The FAA
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