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UPDATE: Rangers, Elvis Andrus reach an agreement on a $120 million extension

Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

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UPDATEJon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is done.

2:42 AM: Despite the presence of Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, the Rangers have decided to lock up Elvis Andrus to an eight-year, $120 million deal, according to’s Ken Rosenthal and’s Jon Heyman.

Rosenthal reports that the contract would supersede Andrus’ current deal, which will pay him $11.25 million total for 2013-14, essentially making this a six-year, $109 million extension. Heyman, on the other hand, says the eight-year, $120 million extension will kick in after his current deal, locking up Andrus for the next 10 years.

It’s actually a pretty big difference, in that Rosenthal has Andrus making $18.2 million per year for six years, while Heyman’s extension would be for $15 million per year for eight years. I’m going to guess that Heyman has it right; the latter deal would seem to me to be more palatable to the Rangers.

Obviously, the Rangers’ hope here is that the 24-year-old Andrus will continue to improve at the plate, as well he should. The four-year veteran established new highs in average (.286), OBP (.349) and slugging (.378) last year. He was also perfectly solid in 2011, hitting .279/.347/.361. One of the AL’s best defensive shortstops, he’s worth $15 million per year at the moment. Of course, his range figures to decline with age, but his bat should make up for it in his late-20s and he should still last as a shortstop well into his 30s.

As for Profar, this now makes him the Rangers’ second baseman of the future, which puts Ian Kinsler‘s role in question. The Rangers could trade Kinsler this summer if they fall out of contention, but it’s more likely that they’ll shift him to first base or an outfield corner and keep him around for 2014 and beyond. He’s in the first year of a five-year, $75 million contract.

Andrus would have been eligible for free agency for the first time after 2014. Because of Profar’s presence, he had been mentioned in trade rumors, most notably in the Justin Upton talks with Arizona. The Rangers, though, never appeared interested in moving him.

  1. kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    I thought it was in the rules somewhere that the Yankees had first dibs on him when he hit FAgency?!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      They do… in 2022. Bah.

      Rosenthal updated his column on the extension, he now agrees with Heyman that the deal is in addition to the two years on his contract. C’mon Matt, did you really expect Heyman to blow the scoop on a Boras client?

  2. knowlegeforyou - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I feel like the league will only have 20 teams in the next ten years

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I read this and could have sworn it was an April Fool’s kinda thing.

    That seems like a lot of money for a very good defensive shortstop who doesn’t excel anywhere else in his game. Good average. Roughly league average OBP. No power. Good, not great speed and base-stealing skills.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      1) Excellent defense at shortstop is insanely valuable right now.

      2) Having an average-ish hitter at shortstop is pretty damn valuable right now, too.

      • louhudson23 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Which is as it should be in the real world of baseball…..nice to see the game’s return to reality….

      • stex52 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        It feels a bit like an overpay to me, but I’m probably behind the times. I agree that talented defensive shortstops are undervalued.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        It only feels like a bit of an overpay to me because I don’t see the bat improving much. He’s been pretty much the exact same hitter every year for 4 years, same BB walk, same K rate, no power (even hitting in Arlington); about the only difference among years is BABIP (and the weird year where he hit no HRs instead of 5). While still young enough to improve, showing no development as a hitter from 20-24 doesn’t give me optimism. The defense is great…but there are a lot of good-to-great defenders that teams refuse to give a chance to because of the bat….I agree, that defense at SS alone is still undervalued by most teams, whereas they overvalue (in comparison) any offense at all at SS, whether it is coupled with great or horrible defense.

      • jm91rs - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        It’s funny that baseball is returning to this finally. Ozzie Smith was a hall of famer and probably wouldn’t even have been able to start on a lot of teams 5 years ago. As he was retiring he remarked that he got lucky to play in an era where the glove was the most important thing for a short stop. If he stays elite defensively and average offensively, the Rangers should be fine because Profar will make a fine 2nd baseman.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      He’s overcharging owners for what they did to The Wizard.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    As for Texas, Elvis will be staying in the building.

  5. js20011041 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    So what’s the move with Profar? To move him to second base would kill a pretty large part of his value. Maybe center field? I know he doesn’t have elite speed, but with his instincts, I have to believe that he could be outstanding there. The Taveras for Profar trade also makes a ton of sense now too.

  6. genericcommenter - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    ” Despite the presence of Jurickson Profar c rhgdh hhhh ectly solid in 2011,”


  7. djpostl - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I know errors are a smaller part of the equation when gauging defense but he is far from one of the best defensive shortstops.

    He has great range but he also averages over 20 Errors per season.

    Brendan Ryan, Tulo, Erick Aybar, Alexei Ramirez, J.J. Hardy are all better and that’s not the complete list.

    As a complete assessment this contract s horrible. The guy doesn’t hit .300, doesn’t hit for any amount of power, has regressed at stealing bases already (both in terms of total number and %).

    Mind-numbingly stupid when factoring in Profar.

    • Mark - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Aybar is an inferior defender. Tulo doesn’t stay on the field long enough to provide better D. Ramirez may be similar defensively but he’s weaker with the bat. Ditto Hardy. Of all the guys you mentioned Andrus has the best combination of elite D + bat, with the exception of Tulo who has mentioned can’t stay on the field.

      Andrus is the best SS you mentioned.

      • bitlrc - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        he’s the best ss but i don’t know that the delta is enough to justify a $120M contract

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        he’s the best ss but i don’t know that the delta is enough to justify a $120M contract

        He’s worth more than $15m a year, and will be even in the latter years of the contract when you take into account inflation.

  8. novanation33 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t understand this. I thought Texas should have traded him this past winter. They had the #1 prospect in baseball read to take over and they could have gotten a ton in return for Andrus. And 8/120? Wow, that seems like a lot for a defensive SS with a career OPS under .700.

  9. gt929 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Very possible that Profar becomes very valuable trade bait. Price? Stanton?

  10. asp4ever47 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I think its obvious that Texas really values everything that Andrus brings to the table. Texas has identified who their core players (Andrus, Kinsley, Harrison, Darvish, Holland) will be and want to lock them up long term. Profar might be the number one prospect in the game, but one never knows what will happen once he arrives in Arlington. With Andrus, they like what they see, and they signed him long term. They might have over paid some, but can you imagine what the bidding would be if he got out on the open market? With Jeter not getting any younger, just think how much the Yankees would bid on? Remember, he is only what, 24? He has room to improve and the security to go with it. He will also be around 30 when his next contract is up? So, one more huge payday is left for him, assuming he lives up to this contract.

    I probably see Kinsler being moved to the OF, once Cruz leaves next year, and profar moving to 2nd. I wouldn’t be surprised if Profar is moved though. Either Stanton or Price, but I know it will take alot more than profar alone to get Price.

  11. klownboy - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Never begrudge a player for getting his money. Well done Elvis…

  12. sometogethernow - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    True that there’s an opt-out clause in the contract? And how does that change the outlook?

  13. gbar22 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Are all average infielders with potential worth 100mil? That’s ridiculous for a guy who is a nice player but not a great player. Theoretically thinking using this guy David Murphy and his .300 average must be worth 100mil as well.

  14. joerymi - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    This is a great day for Andrus, but maybe even more for Robinson Cano.

    • collateral96 - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      For what Cano being signed to be more lazy and lackadaisical for 9 years?

  15. aglawman - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Don’t be fools…

    This deal frees up the Rangers to make the Profar&Olt for Giancarlo Stanton deal in July.

    Book it.

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