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Elvis Andrus can opt out of his new deal with the Rangers after 2018

Apr 1, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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Elvis Andrus has reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $120 million extension which could keep him with the Rangers through the 2023 season, but there’s an interesting wrinkle in the deal.

According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Andrus will have the right to opt out of the deal after the 2018 season. The 24-year-old shortstop is already under team control through 2014, so the Rangers have bought themselves four years at minimum. Meanwhile, Andrus will have the ability to test the open market after his age-29 season, which is a pretty smart play by agent Scott Boras.

For what it’s worth, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com believes that Andrus will take free agency “unless something catastrophic happens.” On the off-chance that he sticks around, the extension includes a vesting option for a ninth season in 2023.

Andrus owns a .275/.342/.353 batting line over his first four seasons in the majors. He established new career-highs last season in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.

  1. kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Andrus opting out after 2018 would pretty much be ideal for the Rangers, no?
    Saves paying for his 30′s seasons and the lesser side of his career.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Spot on.

      Normally, when a player hits free agency for the first time in his career, it means his best days are likely behind him and you are paying for past performance.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      That’s not really how it works. Either Andrus will be projected to be worth more than that, in which case he’ll opt out and the Rangers will lose the ability to have him at a discount, or he’ll be projected to be worth less than that, in which case he’ll stay a Ranger and Texas will be overpaying him.

      Honestly, there isn’t one example of an opt-out working well for the club.

      • bigoz71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        Actually there is JD Drew

      • kiwicricket - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        Yep.
        I would think the Rangers would of gotten their salt from Andrus by that time. No reason to chance their arm into his 30′s.
        The Yanks should of let ARod and C.C walk after they opted out.
        (Well, perhaps another couple seasons of CC would of been nice)

      • Ari Collins - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        J.D. Drew? You mean the guy who the Dodgers would have controlled for three more years had he not been given an opt-out? Three years during which he averaged 3.5 wins?

        The point of A-Rod and CC is: don’t give them opt-outs. If they don’t have opt-outs, then A-Rod would have been a free agent after 2010 instead of 2017 (and they would have saved $5MM each on the last two seasons of the deal), and they would have Sabathia until he’s 35 instead of 37.

  2. gabrielthursday - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I’m not sure I like this for the Rangers: the extension is a fair bit of money to be on the hook for should Andrus decline or get injured, and the first four years, would be a good deal if he were eligible for FA right now, not two years away from it.

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    He’s only gonna be 29 in five years?

    Damn, I’m getting old…

  4. knowlegeforyou - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    So if he sucks he gets paid. If he doesn’t he gets to walk. Don’t see the upside for the Rangers. Just for Andrus.

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