Rougned Odor Negotiating Two Horses Into His Contract Is So Ridiculous You Have To Respect It
A couple of days ago it was announced that 23 year old Texas Rangers starting second baseman and founding member of MLB fight club, Rougned Odor, signed a six-year, $49.5 million extension with an option for a seventh year at $13.5 million. That’s a pretty impressive haul, and it’s well deserved after his monster year last year when he hit 33 homers and drove in 88 runs.
But the most impressive part about the deal wasn’t the money or the fact that he’s still so young and got it. It was the fact that he negotiated two horses into his contract. Yes, you read that right, Odor asked the Texas Rangers for two horses as part of the deal. What is this, bartering in the 1800’s?
But the fact that Odor, a guy that is the same age as me, just had the ability to tell a major league baseball team, with a straight face, that he needed two horses to sign his contract is mind blowing. Obviously, he is a very good player and I love what he brings to the table on the field but man, that’s nuts. It’s so nuts, that you just have to tip your hat to the guy.
I know a lot of guys ask for certain things in contracts or some type of special privileges because that’s just the nature of professional athletes. But this request is by far the weirdest and funniest. If you didn’t already like Odor, I don’t know how you couldn’t now.
Yesterday he celebrated his new deal on Opening Day by going yard twice. But above that, and above punching Jose Bautista in the face, I’ll love him for having the crazy idea of getting free horses in return for crushing balls into the seats. What an interesting player. I’m really glad he’s going to be around for a long time because I have a feeling this isn’t the last weird headline I write about him.