The New York Yankees didn’t need another powerful bat. Or did they?
That was the question after the news that the Yankees were trading for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor — who will join the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit in the lineup.
Where Odor fits, well, who knows? Unless maybe the guy can suddenly turn into a shortstop.
“The Yankees’ only backup infielder is Tyler Wade. While it’s possible Odor bumps Wade off the roster, Odor has never played shortstop in the majors,” wrote Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports. “Wade has been the Yankees’ primary backup behind Gleyber Torres at the position.”
The Rangers will also still have to pay a large portion of Odor’s salary, which is something to consider.
In exchange for Odor, the Rangers will receive outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. So the deal doesn’t entirely stink for the Rangers. In fact, they were clearly willing to part with Odor. Where he fits with the Yanks, well, who nose … er, knows.