Texas Rangers second baseman, Rougned Odor, received a six-year contract extension from the Texas Rangers along with a cherry on the top of the sundae: two horses.
The contract extension is worth 49.5 million dollars, with a club option for 2023 worth 13.5 million and a 3 million dollar buyout, according to Lone Star Ball.
Odor and the Rangers were in contract negotiations for quite some time, turning down an offer worth over 35 million dollars over six years with two team option years before finally agreeing on this deal, according to Bleacher Report.
The Venezuelan native has six horses on his farm back home and is looking at buying land in Texas, so to sweeten the contract, the Rangers offered two horses to Odor as a nice housewarming gift, according to Major League Baseball.
At a press conference announcing the contract extension, Odor said, “I have a passion for horses. I love horses. It’s one of my hobbies, being around the horses.”
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
In a quote to NBC 5 in Dallas, Odor also said “When I go see my horses, I relax and forget about everything, and that’s why I love it.”
According to ESPN, at that press conference, general manager and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels recounted the events of the contract negotiations, saying that “It’s our policy when we make a contract offer, we copy the player on it. So Rougie has these big numbers in front of him, and he has a poker face. Nothing changed. Then I slid my phone across with a picture of the horses on it, and he said, ‘Hey, can you send that to me?’ His eyes lit up, and I thought, ‘All right, maybe we have a chance.'”
A career .265 hitter with 58 home runs and 197 RBIs, Odor enters the fourth season with the Rangers at the age of 23.
Last year, he hit .271 with 88 RBIs and 33 home runs, the most on the Rangers last season while only just making just over $500,000 according to Spotrac.
Odor is probably most known for punching Jose Bautista last year at the end of a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in May that left him with a seven game suspension.
— ANDRA FULLER (@mrdrefuller) May 15, 2016
He was most recently seen playing for Venezuela in this year’s installment of the World Baseball Classic.