Rougned Odor might have just become Texas’s favorite baseball player. The 23-year-old second basemen re-signed with the Texas Rangers on Thursday, inking a six-year extension worth $50 million. While that would be a good enough deal on its own for both sides, the Rangers threw in a unique signing bonus in for the Venezuelan: two horses.
These are in fact the horses that sealed the Odor deal. This is not a joke pic.twitter.com/O0Ka03RXRb
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) March 30, 2017
Odor grew up on a horse farm in his native Maracaibo, so the two horses are more than just a cheap ploy from the Rangers. He’s planning to buy property to set up a ranch in Texas, so the team stepped in to get him started. In the offseason, Odor rides every day, and already owns four horses. His uncle, Rouglas, even called him a “Venezuelan cowboy” in a Bleacher Report profile last season.
Rougie grew up with s on a ranch in Venezuela.
Now he gets that chance here in Texas! pic.twitter.com/bbgEibo5tK
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 30, 2017
It seems like strange contract stipulations are in vogue for peloteros right now, as just last month, former Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez signed a deal with Japanese squad Kōchi Fighting Dogs, stating that he would receive unlimited sushi for the duration of the contract.
The young second basemen truly arrived last season, becoming a fan favorite not only due to his bat (.271 batting average with 33 homers), but also by becoming the number one viral moment of the season with his filthy right hook on Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista:
— José (@whoisjoserivera) May 15, 2016