Rangers guarantee Odor $49.5 million -- and 2 horses
Rougned Odor agreed to a six-year extension Thursday with the Texas Rangers, and the second baseman's new contract also includes two horses.
Odor signed a deal that reportedly guarantees him at least $49.5 million and contains a club option for 2023.
The deal was clinched for both sides when the Rangers included two horses.
"I have a passion for horses," Odor told reporters at a news conference in Arlington, Texas. "I love horses. It's one of my hobbies, being around the horses."
The 23-year-old batted .271 with 33 home runs and 88 RBIs last season for the defending Al West Champions. He also gained notoriety for punching Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista on May 15 and served a seven-game suspension for the incident.
Horses were included in the new deal when ownership suggested to general manager Jon Daniels that Odor's hobby would be a good negotiating tactic.
"It's our policy when we make a contract offer, we copy the player on it," Daniels said. "So Rougie has these big numbers in front of him, and he has a poker face. Nothing changed. Then I slid my phone across with a picture of the horses on it, and he said, 'Hey, can you send that to me?' His eyes lit up, and I thought, 'All right, maybe we have a chance.'