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Texas Rangers rumors: Rougned Odor contract extension talks tabled

Jon Heyman tweets that the Rangers and Rougned Odor have tabled talks on a contract extension

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Texas Rangers rumors:  Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers have been engaged in discussions all offseason to try to work out a long-term contract extension; however, Jon Heyman tweets that those discussions have been tabled for the time being.

We had heard throughout the offseason about there being mutual interest in a deal, but it isn't really surprising that something hasn't been able to get worked out yet.  Odor struggled early last season before performing at an All Star level post-callup, and he probably feels like the latter half of the year represents his true value.  The Rangers, on the other hand, are likely reluctant to commit to paying him at that level just yet, and were looking for something that gave Odor financial security (his signing bonus was just $425,000, so he hasn't had a big payday yet) while building in potential risk.

Odor is making around league minimum this year, but should be eligible for arbitration as a Super Two after the season.  He is under team control through 2020.