Report: Rangers rekindled extension talks with Rougned Odor

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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.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.