MLB Trade Rumors: The New York Yankees are acquiring Rougned Odor from the Texas Rangers, per reports. Jeff Passan says the Rangers are eating most of the $27 million Odor is still due on his current contract.
Odor was designated for assignment last week, after the club had already announced that he would not make the Opening Day roster. The Rangers committed to Nick Solak at second base for 2021 in the offseason, but indicated that Odor would have a chance to compete for the third base job in spring training. Odor did better than expected defensively at third base, but the organization did not see things turning around for Odor, who had struggled mightily offensively, and felt it was best to move on.
The Rangers will presumably save a little bit of money in this deal, compared to just releasing Odor, but I expect any savings to be minimal, and that the Rangers will not get anything of value back from New York.
UPDATE — Joel Sherman says the Rangers are getting two prospects from the Yankees.
UPDATE II — The deal is official. The Rangers are getting Josh Stowers and Antonio Cabello from the Yankees for Rougned Odor and cash considerations.
Stowers, 24, is a righthanded hitting outfielder who was the Seattle Mariners’ second round pick out of the University of Louisville in 2018, and who landed in New York in the 2018-19 offseason as part of the Sonny Gray deal, that saw Gray go to Cincinnati from New York. He doesn’t have one big time tool, and while he has played center field, the consensus seems to be that he’s a corner outfielder long term. He didn’t crack the BA top 30 list for the New York Yankees prior to 2021 and made the “Other Prospects of Note” under “Realistic Bench Pieces” on Fangraphs heading into 2021.
Cabello, 20, is a righthanded hitting outfielder (though John Blake lists him as an OF/C, so maybe they are going to try to convert him) who signed for a $1.35 million signing bonus out of Venezuela in December, 2017. He was #20 on the BA Yankees list coming into this season, and 23 on the Fangraphs list.
These are better prospects than I was expecting in this deal, though my expectations were extremely low.