Will Andrus’ Texas tenure finally come to an end?
It’s hard to believe Elvis Andrus has been the Texas Rangers’ shortstop for 10 years and he just turned 30. He’s been a much-needed constant within a roster that’s seen a lot of turnover the past few years. I think he remains a constant, at least to start the 2019 regular season.
If Elvis comes out in 2019 and puts up big numbers, the Rangers may try to cash in on him at the trade deadline. He’s one of the few veterans left on the team, so if they want to flip him for more prospects it would not be too surprising.
Andrus’ contract runs through 2023 at $15 million per year. He can opt out after the 2019 season if he wants. $15 million certainly isn’t a burden to most teams; however, the opt out would be a concern. Still, other teams would be interested if the Rangers put Andrus on the trade block.
My gut feeling is Elvis Andrus will live out his full contract with the Texas Rangers. He may even retire with them in 7 to 10 years. Fans love him, he’s been great for the organization, he’s a leader, he’s still a very good player, and Texas needs to keep him around during these down years.
From the perspective of the All-Star shortstop, things are looking up for his team, he gets a brand-new ballpark in 2020, he’s the new clubhouse leader, and no one is threatening his position. If he wanted to jump ship, this offseason would’ve been the time to do it. He chose to stay, and his loyalty will be rewarded by the Rangers’ front office.