The Rangers have agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million extension with second baseman Rougned Odor, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. The deal includes an option for a seventh season.
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning news first reported the two sides were “increasingly optimistic” a deal would be reached before spring training ends. The option value is not yet known.
Odor might have helped himself with a breakout 2016 campaign, during which he hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 home runs and 88 RBIs over 150 games. He isn’t known as a plus defender at second base but has emerged as one of the game’s better young power hitters.
Odor was prepared to enter his final season of pre-arbitration eligibility, but the new deal includes three arbitration seasons and two years of free agency. If Texas exercises the option for 2023, the deal will cover three free-agent seasons.
Odor is the latest Ranger to receive an extension, with Texas now likely to focus on extending Jonathan Lucroy and Yu Darvish, both impending free agents, or Nomar Mazara.