It has been one of the busiest and hectic offseasons in MLB history; needless to say, a roller-coaster of a few days.
We’ve seen huge deals being made across the league, spanning into the $300 million range. We also knew going into the offseason that the Orioles would not be big spenders.
However, we knew that Orioles GM Mike Elias would not be totally quiet when it comes to the free agent market, and he proved us right this evening.
The Orioles have officially signed infielder Rougned Odor to a one-year deal, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Coming into the league in 2014 at the age of 20 with the Texas Rangers, Odor was a productive piece on a playoff-contending team. He got to play with one of baseball’s greatest infielders, Adrian Beltre, and even made headlines by punching the guy we’ve all wanted to sock ourselves at some point, José Bautista.
Odor performed so well in Arlington, the Rangers offered him an early-career $49.5 million extension in 2017. But since signing that contract, it’s been a rocky road for the now 27-year-old.
Going back to the start of the 2018 season, Odor owns a .216/.291/.418 line. That comes with a worse than average strikeout to walk ratio (452 K’s to 129 BB).
Odor played the 2021 season in pinstripes, as the rival Yankees took a chance and acquired him last spring. The young lefty hit 15 homers in 361 plate appearances in the Bronx, slashing a .202/.286/.379 line altogether. New York designated him for assignment and released him earlier this month.
Although the strikeouts can be concerning, Odor has sneaky pop, hitting more than 30 home runs three times in his career. With the way the ball flies out of Camden Yards in the muggy dog days of summer, we might see some land on Eutaw Street, courtesy of Mr. Odor.
In fact, the Venezuelan native has played in 24 career games at Camden Yards and has slashed .294/.368/.447 (25-for-85). Since the 2014 season, Odor ranks third in games played at second base with 908, trailing only DJ LeMahieu (915) and Jose Altuve (1,049).
Texas remains responsible for almost all of the $12 million in guaranteed money remaining on Odor’s deal, meaning the Birds will only be responsible for the league minimum salary (around $600K)
With three infield spots essentially open, this was another low-risk, high-reward signing by Elias and the front office.
In other news, the Orioles have tendered contracts to all arbitration-eligible players. We will update this article when each player either signs or chooses to go to arbitration.
Listed below are each player tendered a contract for the 2022 season and how much they will make this year:
Trey Mancini – TBA
John Means – TBA
Tanner Scott – TBA
Anthony Santander – Signed: $3.15 MM
Jorge López – Signed: $1.5 MM
Paul Fry – Signed: $850K
– INF Richie Martin has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk
– RHP Brooks Kriske has been granted his release
– INF Lucius Fox has been claimed on outright waivers by the Washington Nationals
The 40-man roster is now at 38.
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