Rangers, Elvis Andrus Sign Extension

The Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus have officially signed a three-year extension. The deal, which doesn't include any options, is worth $14.4MM, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports on Twitter. The Boras Corporation represents Andrus, who was arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason and had a hearing scheduled for Thursday. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported the agreement.

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Andrus had filed for $3.6MM in arbitration, while the Rangers had countered with a $2.65MM submission, as MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows. The 23-year-old Venezuela native is under team control through 2014, so the deal buys out all of his arbitration seasons and no free agent years.

Andrus owns a .271/.340/.343 line with 102 stolen bases (135 attempts) as a Major Leaguer. He has appeared in at least 145 regular games in each of the past three seasons and contributed in the postseason in 2010 and 2011. Andrus is an above-average defender at short, according to UZR.

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78 Comments on "Rangers, Elvis Andrus Sign Extension"


Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

Wow, with that kind of money he can buy a nice pair of blue suede shoes…

dylanp5030
3 years 5 months ago

That’s a lot of “Money Honey”

John McFadin
3 years 5 months ago

Figured the Rangers wouldn’t be able to get any free agent years.  At least now they don’t have to worry about Elvis developing mysterious power and taking the Rangers to the bank in his 2nd and 3rd arbitration cases.

UVA_McIntire_Student
3 years 5 months ago

In 3 years, they’ll slide Profar at SS and take the draft picks when Andrus walks.

Madman2TX
3 years 5 months ago

Exactly. By then Profar will be more than ready and be a huge upgrade for the Rangers.

dylanp5030
3 years 5 months ago

Huge upgrade? You can tell this already? I know he is highly touted, but to say that he will definitively be a “huge” upgrade over Andrus who is arguably a top 5 SS in the game right now is jumping the gun don’t you think?

I think he will more than likely live up to his hype, but I’m definitely not betting my house on it.

3 years 5 months ago

They’ll trade Elvis, they won’t settle for draft picks.

3 years 5 months ago

 What draft picks?  Unless the Rangers are planning on offering around $15 million in arbitration when he hits free agency they get nothing.

3 years 5 months ago

Elvis will probably be traded. Ideally we would have picked up a couple of years of FA, that way he’s a little more attractive to other suitors, but oh well.

UVA_McIntire_Student
3 years 5 months ago

He might actually benefit from moving to a gap hitters park (ie Safeco)

Kurisu Rg
3 years 5 months ago

Only slightly. Career .282/.345/.359 hitter at Safeco.

leberquesgue
3 years 5 months ago

On the other hand, his 2011 Safeco line was .378/.410/.514. Maybe he’s finally figured the park out?!)

Of course, the better point to draw from both our stats is that small sample sizes are of marginal value, and not particularly relevant to this question. If he played a greater proportion of his games away from Arlington, at a park like Safeco, and had a good hitting coach, who’s to say he couldn’t adjust his approach to take advantage? It sounds plausible.

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

sigh…… Congrats to Elvis….

you know, I had this discussion with my roommate the other day, who is the best Short Stop in the A.L right now? I said elvis, he says elvis as well….but I dont think he gets that respect. Rangers are lucky to have ’em.

95isOver
3 years 5 months ago

 Jeter and it ain’t even close.  NYY 4 eva.

Mr_Ranger
3 years 5 months ago

Jeter…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!  It’s not the 90’s anymore buddy!

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 5 months ago

Always with Jeter and the legacy votes. Not even close. Id be willing to say he is near the middle of the pack of all MLB shortstops.

3 years 5 months ago

Middle of the pack is generous at this point.

jjs91
3 years 5 months ago

Over the past 3 years no ss has had a higher war in the al, so it’s really generous at all, even last year he managed an avg war for a ss and if his second half is any indication he will once again be better on the offensive side than most ss.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

joke…gotta be…has to be…

“jeter’s the best…look at all those rings!!!”

Ohhhplease
3 years 5 months ago

When you remove personal bias and apply logic, you will see that Jeter is washed up and not even close.  I appreciate your dedication to your team, but you are sorely mistaken

Wilsonl
3 years 5 months ago

Who’s eva?

3 years 5 months ago

yunel escobar?? just throwing it out there. above average fielder and a substantially better hitter than andrus as well

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

You know I clearly forgot about Yunel, I guess thats just me as a brave’s fan trying to forget the fact that we have had two studs at SS and kinda…just…threw em away haha…

The A.L is weird when it comes to SS. the N.L has Tulo, head and shoulders the best SS for that league. But you come to the AL and there isnt a whole lot of separation at this point and time.

3 years 5 months ago

yea i think andrus and escobar are close. after that you probably have to reach a bit. peralta had a good year last year but hes pretty inconsistent on the career, same goes for hardy.

3 years 5 months ago

alexei ramirez should be up there as well

jwsox
3 years 5 months ago

he is up there actually he is better in terms of WAR than andrus…Since 09 the year Andrus became a full time player, also the same year Alexi made the transition to SS…Alexi WAR 09-11 11.6 Andrus 10.1…alexi is a full 1.5 WAR better thats not a huge margin but its still better..

In terms of offense they hit for the same average…Andrus has a better OBP Alexi has a better SLG alexi has the edge in OPS as well

URZ/150 favors Alexi ’09=3.2….’10=10.1 …..  ’11=11.4  Andrus ’09=13.5(wow)…’10=.3…..’11=6.9..
 alexi is a better over all SS

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

I need to educate myself on WAR, at 23 and a former college baseball player I should know this. I’ve just never taken the time to do so.

Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

Edit: Nevermind forgot about Carbrera. I am still skeptical of the power but he is still a very talent hitter. If I had to start a team and could only choose AL SS it would be A-Cab. NL would obviously be Tulo, as it would be for everyone.

j6takish
3 years 5 months ago

 Everyone always forgets about Alexei

Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

Oh yeah OMG Edit take 2. Alexei. Snap.

John LeClair
3 years 5 months ago

What about Cabrera?

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

Not saying I wouldn’t want Cabrera on my team, I would love too. But personally I need to see another solid year before I can put him on the top of my list, he is a great piece for the Tribe I just need to see the consistency.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 5 months ago

What happen to Aybar? Guy didn’t even get mentioned? I personally think it’s between Aybar and Andrus for best defensive SS in the AL..and i think Aybar would win just for the fact that he knows what to do with the ball on every play..He is very aggressive and takes risk’s and he almost always gets the risky out and he is getting better at it every year

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

I can’t argue with that logic either, which just further more proves my point. There is no clear cut “best short stop” in the AL right now. Lot of really good players, not a great one like tulo.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 5 months ago

Definitely true. Aybar is a very solid hitter who plays excellent defense. But he’s not the complete package like Tulo is (or A-Rod used to be).

Salmon4Coach
3 years 5 months ago

i see Aybar like a Jr. Reyes just a lot more aggressive and better defensively

lefty177
3 years 5 months ago

No one realizes how underrated Erick Aybar is, they just might this year though, with everyone watching their games to see how King Albert & CJ do in new unis

leachim2
3 years 5 months ago

They won’t be watching for those scrubs. I only will watch games that include Latroy Hawkins

3 years 5 months ago

I think Elvis knows a little bit of what to do with the ball when he gets it as well.

3 years 5 months ago

you mean in throwing errors? 26 of em lol

3 years 5 months ago

Yea, he had an off year. Sadly, the majority of those errors came in the first half of the season. Wash layed into him about it and he improved.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 5 months ago

“Off-year”??? When you have 3 straight seasons in which you’ve made 16 errors or more it is not considered an “Off-year” 

dylanp5030
3 years 5 months ago

Cabrera isn’t a very good short stop. He can hit however.

jwsox
3 years 5 months ago

Alexi ramirez is actually better in every aspect except for stolen bases and OBP. Alexi is better in terms of WAR than andrus…Since
09 the year Andrus became a full time player, also the same year Alexi
made the transition to SS…Alexi WAR 09-11 11.6 Andrus 10.1…alexi is a
full 1.5 WAR better thats not a huge margin but its still better..

In terms of offense they hit for the same average…Andrus has a better
OBP Alexi has a better SLG alexi has the edge in OPS as well

URZ/150 favors Alexi ’09=3.2….’10=10.1 …..  ’11=11.4  Andrus ’09=13.5(wow)…’10=.3…..’11=6.9.

andrus may steal more bases but Alexi hits for more power and home runs

In terms of other AL SS’s in the league since 09
again Andrus WAR since 09 to now =10.1
Jeter=12.1
Escobar=10.8
Alexi=11.6
are all better than andrus in terms of WAR

Stark2k
3 years 5 months ago

He was right there with the top AL shortstops… while 20 to 22 years old.

He is now entering his prime while those others leave theirs.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 5 months ago

Except Ramirez has probably already reached his potential while Andrus is on the rise.

Chewtoy123
3 years 5 months ago

Excellent.

redsx968
3 years 5 months ago

Good deal for the Rangers… I wonder where Andrus will walk after the deal assuming the Rangers let him.

3 years 5 months ago

The Rangers would trade him before they let him walk. We have Profar up behind him.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 5 months ago

Uh why would you want to trade elvis andrus? Profar is in A ball so who knows if he will even turn out even though he has gotton off to a nice start in his pro debut.

3 years 5 months ago

Profar will make Elvis expendable. We can flip Elvis for pitching, which we’ll need more.
Profar probably has another season and a half until he’s ready to come up.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 5 months ago

There is no we or us its them, texas, or they, got it. Profar is so far away from the bigs that I wouldnt even count on him. Elvis Andrus is very overated in my opinion as he has zero pop, a .271 lifetime average and he makes tons of errors (but im guessing he is like cliff pennington and he likes to show off his arm and makes errors). I dont think you could get very much for andrus at least if I was a GM i wouldnt give up much for him

Stark2k
3 years 5 months ago

When you go to a game the team comes on to the field to “YOUR Texas Rangers”.  The team literally would not exist without fans.  People complaining about “we” is ridiculous, they WANT fans to view themselves as part of the club.

As for Andrus, do you realize last year was his age 22 season?  The guy had a 4.5 WAR at 22, that is incredibly rare.  His average has been mediocre, but thats meaningless since he has excellent patience for his age/lack of power, a .347 obp for a young shortstop? Nothing wrong with that.  Good defense + solid on base skills = very good player.  If he develops into a .300 hitter as he approaches his prime with a a few more doubles (he already upped his career high from 17 to 27 last year) then he will be an elite shortstop.  Already very good as is.  Defense up the middle is kind of important.

3 years 5 months ago

.271 with speed and good obp is better than mediocre for a #2 hitter. And as far as lack of power, he’s not supposed to hit homeruns. But your assessment otherwise is spot on.

3 years 5 months ago

There is a reason you are not a GM…

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 5 months ago

Excellent deal for the rangers and we can say andrus is set for life.

Jesus383
3 years 5 months ago

This isn’t really an extension, just avoiding arbitration.

jwsox
3 years 5 months ago

yes it is…its a guaranteed contract for three years. where as going through arb they can simply non tender him 

3 years 5 months ago

Man, If the Rangers had given him 5 a year I would have still been happy with this move. Hopefully this is just the red carpet being laid for Profar’s inevitable Hall of Fame career, but honestly if Andrus was my SS for the next 8 years I would more than live. 

3 years 5 months ago

He just needs to learn to take the easy out. That cost the Rangers the WS.

FillyPhan
3 years 5 months ago

Why do they keep cycling this to the top? Old news.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 5 months ago

I can argue that Andrus has basically been a Marco Scutaro type player the past three seasons.

3 years 5 months ago

Stolen bases and defense do count you know

unvme7
3 years 5 months ago

Hmm, didnt realize Scutaro was 22 yrs old.  Odd, I’ll have to remember that.  Also too for those that talk about his errors– you have to keep in mind how many extra baseballs he is able to get at as opposed to an old Jeter everyone is praising.  Andrus might have errors, but he sure as hell covers a lot of ground and saves you runs.

3 years 5 months ago

Good for both sides

Rangersfan32
3 years 5 months ago

I agree, Elvis could improve his power and overall plate discipline a touch before I call him the best all around SS, but I dunno who in the AL can be consider a definite upgrade currently.

jjs91
3 years 5 months ago

Overall, yunel escobar, alexai ramierez, jj hardy, probably caberra as well, offensively it’s almost every ss. 

MB923
3 years 5 months ago

Are you telling the truth this time Raf? 

jjs91
3 years 5 months ago

Of course he isnt a yankee fan, as a 15 second search would’ve told you.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 5 months ago

Im sorry but I dont stalk other peoples profiles

jjs91
3 years 5 months ago

o you just make baseless statements… 

Tko11
3 years 5 months ago

What? Alexei for President?

Chillin_in_California
3 years 5 months ago

Oh i just have a thing against saying we.

We could use fans like you in Oakland. Hahahaha. Because me as well as many oakland fans have decided we arent ever attending a game at the colliseum again.

ElGaupo77
3 years 5 months ago

Tulo, Reyes and Ramirez are the only no-brainers ahead of him.  Hanley isn’t a SS anymore.   I think the jury is still out on Asdrubal.

So I concur on Top 5.

dylanp5030
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, Tulo and Reyes are ahead of him, but what’s so ridiculous about him being top 5?

He’s a better fielder than Cabrera, Jeter, and Castro. He was 2nd in Runs and was third among SS in SBs.

I did say arguably, so you can argue against if you want…

grant77
3 years 5 months ago

I want to say more, but to avoid argument I’ll just say Ramirez and Escobar, Ramirez being a similar hitter and much better fielder and Escobar being a similar fielder with a substantially better bat. 

Arguments could easily be made for Aybar, Hardy, Cabrera and Castro.

Funny how if you tighten the 30 point BABIP gap a bit, Alcides Escobar was just as good or better than Andrus, but opinions differ greatly on them.

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

Atleast you have not been convinced that he is still a top 5 player in the league and will push 4,000 hits ….

3 years 5 months ago

 If the Rangers were foolish enough to offer that much why wouldn’t Boras accept it?  It would be at least double what he would get otherwise.