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Storylines: Texas Rangers talking contract extension with Rougned Odor

The Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor are looking to sign a long term pact, plus all the other news and notes from around baseball on Thursday...

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- After a dominating season for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, the Rangers are looking to lock him up long-term.  Recent reports have surfaced that the Rangers are interested in reaching a long-term extension with the second baseman and the feeling is reportedly mutual per Jon Heyman of FanRag.  Things are still in the preliminary stages but locking up Odor would be a nice move for the franchise.  Odor has stepped into the everyday second baseman role and has been able to effectively replace former Ranger Ian Kinsler whom the Rangers traded away several years ago.  The results for finding a new second baseman weren’t pretty at first but Odor seems to have settled in.  He hit .271/.296/.502 with a career-high 33 home runs and 88 RBIs last year, making himself a lethal bat in the Rangers lineup. The Rangers and Odor are reportedly looking at a deal that resembles the framework for Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis whom inked a six-year, $52.5MM extension with a club option prior to the 2014 season.  The two sides most likely will set a deadline before Opening Day and try and get something done otherwise may cool off talks once the regular season starts so the talks don’t prove to be a distraction for Odor in the regular season.

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- The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly reached out to infielder Jonathan Villar about a possible extension per Heyman.  Villar had a career-year in Milwaukee as he hit .285/.369/.457 with 19 homers, 63 RBIs and 62 swiped bases.  The deal reportedly was in the $20MM range but Villar reportedly showed little interest in reaching a long-term deal given he still has yet to reach arbitration status.

- The Rangers are also reportedly interested in trying to reach an extension with catcher Jonathan Lucroy per Heyman.  Lucroy is finishing out the last year of his contract as the Rangers picked up his $5.25MM club option for the 2017 season.  It is unclear if a deal can be done but Lucroy would certainly be a nice fixture at the catching position for years to come.

- The results have come back on tests done on veteran slugger Josh Hamilton’s knee and he can breathe a sigh of relief.  There is no structural damage in his left knee per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.  He will be sidelined a couple days but is expected to still be able to hopefully have a full Spring Training.  He originally tweaked the knee a couple of days ago and there was concern he had done something to his surgically-repaired knee but it seems the worries are unfounded.


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