- It looks like the Texas Rangers’ efforts to lock up second baseman Rougned Odor to an extension have paid off. The two sides are reportedly in the process of finalizing a six-year, $49.5MM extension with a club option for a seventh year per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The two sides had been in extension talks throughout the entire spring as the Rangers seemed very keen on locking up the slugger. He had a career year in 2016 as he hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 home runs 88 RBIs. His power numbers were certainly impressive, but his on-base skills left something to be desired though were compensated for by his run production. Odor reportedly wanted a deal that mirrored the six-year, $52.5MM deal that second baseman Jason Kipnis signed with the Indians several years ago prior to Opening Day. Odor’s deal comes slightly below that but clearly feels comfortable signing a long-term deal now despite still being in the pre-arbitration process. The extension has the ability to buy out all of his arbitration years and three free agent years due to the club option for a seventh year which will run through 2023. The Rangers are clearly hoping to keep the slugging second baseman in Texas for years to come.
- The Rangers are seemingly not finished with extending their young core this spring. The club is reportedly interested in an extension with outfielder Nomar Mazara per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. There are no indications that both sides are close to a deal but the Rangers clearly want to lock up their young talent while the iron is hot before the young players price themselves out of their range.
- One player the Rangers will not be extending this spring is Jonathan Lucroy per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telgram. The two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on a deal and have tabled extension talks for the time being. The catcher is in the final year of his contract and ideally the Rangers would want to lock him up before he hits the open market but right now a deal is not in the cards.
- The St. Louis Cardinals and veteran catcher Yadier Molina have reportedly until Opening Day to agree to a new deal per Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com. Molina reportedly set the deadline and does not want the distraction of contract talks to affect his play during the season. He is set to hit the open market after 2017 and the Cardinals surely want to keep their star catcher in a Cardinals uniform for the rest of his career but right now things are not that hot when it comes to a contract.
- Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus will be on the 10-day D.L. when Opening Day comes per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Rasmus has not recovered fully from the hip and core surgeries he underwent in the offseason so he won’t be ready to play in time. He is not expected to miss much time as he is not far off from making a full recovery.
- Oakland Athletics lefty Ross Dettweiler is reportedly set to opt out of his minor league contract per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. He was not expected to make the 40-man roster when camp broke so instead of pitching in the minors he has decided to look somewhere else for a major league job.