Texas Rangers rumors: Jon Daniels met with the agents for second baseman Rougned Odor today, per Ken Rosenthal, who says that negotiations are continuing on a possible long-term contract extension for Odor.
The 23 year old Odor is under team control for three more seasons after this one, and is slated to make $586,130 in 2017. As a point of reference, second baseman Jason Kipnis signed a six year, $52.5 million extension with a seventh year team option after the 2013 season, when he had two-plus years of service time and wasn’t arbitration-eligible. The Rangers are likely pointing to that deal as a benchmark for Odor, while Odor’s agents are, I’m sure, noting that contracts have gone up over the past three years, while also highlighting the fact that Odor is 4 years younger than Kipnis was when he signed his extension, and thus would arguably have more upside.
Odor extension stories have been almost as frequent this offseason as Mike Napoli to Texas rumors, or Tyson Ross to Texas rumors. Those two things ultimately came to fruition, and if I had to bet, I’d say Odor and the Rangers end up doing a deal that locks Odor up through his arbitration years and eliminates at least a couple of free agent years, as well.