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Yankees acquire Rougned Odor after being left off Rangers’ Opening Day roster

Yankees, Rangers, Rougned Odor

The writing was on the wall for former Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor after he was left off Texas’ Opening Day roster. Now he is headed to the Bronx. Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the New York Yankees have acquired Odor from the Rangers.

This marks the second trade in barely over an hour on Tuesday after the Milwaukee Brewers sent infielder Orlando Arcia to the Atlanta Braves.

From the Rangers’ perspective, the move would appear to be motivated by financials.

Odor was still set to earn $27 million in guaranteed money from the Rangers despite being left off the Opening Day roster. He would still get that money if he refused a minor league assignment.

Instead, Passan is reporting Texas will eat nearly all of Odor’s salary in sending him to the Yankees.

The trade might seem trivial at first glance. But the Rangers figure to, at the very least, get some minimal salary relief in trading Odor. That’s better than nothing, even if they have to pay down the majority of his contract.

Odor’s value has consistently declined through the years. The 27-year-old showed some promise by clubbing 16 homers and posting a 107 OPS+ in his second full season in 2015. He hit 33 homers and posted a .798 OPS the following season.

However, Odor’s swing-and-miss tendencies and deficiencies at second base have mostly made him a net minus. He was worth -1.0 wins above replacement (WAR) in 2019 and 2020 combined.

Perhaps Odor can provide some infield depth in New York and give the pinstripes some left-handed pop in the event he gets big-league at-bats.