Like teams often try to do with young players that show star potential, the Texas Rangers tried to sign second baseman Rougned Odor to a long-term deal this offseason, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. However, there was a "decent-sized gap" in negotiations between the two sides, and talks have been "tabled for now."
Odor broke out last season, hitting .292 after returning to the majors in June following a short demotion to the minor leagues. The 22-year-old continued his success into the postseason, where he collected five hits, including a home run, in 18 at-bats and was involved in several standout plays.
Given the amount of high-paid veteran players on the Rangers' roster, it's unsurprising that the team looked into signing one of its rising stars before his price tag skyrockets. If Odor enjoys yet another strong showing at the plate this season, he could put himself in line for some big money down the road.