AL West Notes: Rangers, Astros, Andrus, Norris

It was Opening Day in Texas on Sunday, but the Astros' 8-2 win over the Rangers wasn't the biggest story out of the Lone Star State.  Late last night, the Rangers agreed to an eight-year, $120MM deal with an opt-out clause after year four that will keep star shortstop Elvis Andrus locked up until he's at least 30.  Here's more out of the American League West..

  • The Andrus deal shows that the Rangers are thinking ahead, writes Steven Goldman of SB Nation.  While Andrus doesn't provide tremendous offensive firepower, he is among the best all-around shortstops in the game thanks to his defense.  
  • Bud Norris said that the adrenaline was flowing as he took the hill against Texas last night and one reporter asked if he was excited about the prospect of earning a trade out of Houston.  The pitcher sidestepped the question, but Norris could be an attractive piece for a contending club this season, writes Jon Heyman of
  • Earlier today, Steve Adams rounded up reactions to the Andrus deal from around the web.

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