The Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year contract with free agent utilityman Rougned Odor last night. An eight-year major league veteran, Odor has played most of his career for the Texas Rangers. He was a New York Yankee last year. He’s a career .234 hitter.
This doesn’t sound like the splashiest move on paper. However Odor’s a veteran, and he’s been on winning teams. He’s expected to compete for the starting job at second base.
It’s also a very astute move in terms of cost-effectiveness. This past April Odor was traded to New York, but were still paying his salary of $12 million (for 2022). So the Orioles signed Odor for the league minimum, and Texas will be kicking in the remainder of his salary up to $12 million.
The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at 11:59 PM this evening. Assuming that the league and the MLBPA don’t reach an agreement before then (and the two sides don’t appear to be anywhere close), that means an official leaguewide lockout will begin at midnight tonight (tomorrow). This isn’t anything good for the game for sure, however it won’t truly affect anything unless games are missed – even spring training games. Hopefully the two sides get their act together before then.