Jon Heyman reports for Today’s Knuckleball that the Rangers have rekindled contract extension talks with second baseman Rougned Odor. Odor is currently serving a seven-game suspension for punching Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the face, which gave GM Jon Daniels an opportunity to negotiate in person with Odor and agent Rick Thurman.
Odor won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2017 season and will be under team control through the 2020 season. In 1,082 plate appearances over parts of three seasons in the majors, he has hit an adequate .260/.304/.436 with 32 home runs and 134 RBI while playing subpar defense. As Odor is still just 22 years old, however, there is certainly plenty of time for improvement.
Heyman adds that Daniels and team owner Ray Davis spoke on Odor’s behalf at his hearing after which his suspension was reduced from eight to seven games. Odor’s teammates also contributed money to help cover part of his $5,000 fine for his involvement in the May 15 brouhaha with the Blue Jays.