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The Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Rougned Odor. The team announced the move Tuesday night. The 27-year-old Odor spent last season with the New York Yankees, hitting .202 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 102 games. Odor played seven seasons with the Texas Rangers before joining the Yankees. He’s hit just .234 for his career, but he’s produced plenty of power for a middle infielder. Odor hit 33 home runs in 2016, 30 the following year, and then 30 again in 2019. The Rangers will pay nearly all of his $12 million salary for 2022.

In Other Hot Stove News, Free agent César Hernández and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a $4 million, one-year contract. Tuesday’s deal gives the team a veteran middle infielder who hit a career-high 21 homers last season. The 31-year-old Hernández is a switch-hitter who played for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox in 2021.

Lockdown: Major League Baseball appears headed to its first work stoppage in 26 years after a pair of brief negotiating sessions Tuesday led to little or no progress. The sport’s five-year collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST Tonight. Management is expected to follow with a lockout of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Major League Baseball hasn’t had a work stoppage since 1994-95.

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