Infielder Rougned Odor has considerable power and some sneaky speed.
Unfortunately, his batting averages and on-base percentages have been low for a while and that caps his ceiling.
Numbers say he has been a below-average offensive performer for the San Diego Padres in 2023.
As a result, the team, needing a roster spot, has decided to designate Odor for assignment, per FOX Sports MLB.
The Padres have designated Rougned Odor for assignment, the team announced. pic.twitter.com/jIWmZDPG1i
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2023
Now, the Padres will remove Odor from the 40-man roster and the player will be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers within the next seven days.
If another team claims Odor, he will be added to that team’s 40-man roster.
In the event nobody claims Odor, he will enter free agency because he is unlikely to accept being sent to the minor leagues.
Odor has 178 career home runs and 70 stolen bases, which can be appealing for MLB teams.
He also plays good infield defense for the most part.
However, that power and speed combo comes with a .711 career OPS, and he hasn’t cleared the .700 threshold since 2019.
Evidently, he has his flaws as a player, so he will need to enter the right situation.
Lots of MLB teams should show some degree of interest in Odor once he clears waivers or even via waivers.
The Padres, however, are willing to part ways with him.
In 59 games and 157 plate appearances, Odor has hit .210/.306/.370 with four home runs this season.
His batting average hasn’t been above .210 since 2018, and that has really affected his offensive output.
He should join another team within the next week.NEXT: San Diego Analyst Rips Into The Padres After Latest Loss