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Rangers, Andrus agree on 3-year, $14.4M extension

Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:41 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 11:12 am
 


By Matt Snyder


The Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus have agreed on a three-year contract extension that is worth $14.4 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. News of the extension was first reported by Fox Sports.

Probably not coincidentally, Andrus was under Rangers control for three more seasons, so he's still set to be a free agent after the 2014 season. This deal just means the two sides avoid arbitration until then. Also, it represents a sizable pay bump for Andrus, as he was only asking for $3.6 million in arbitration. Of course, he could have made more in 2013 and 2014, but a deal like this mitigates the players' risk in losing out on millions in the case he suffers a major injury.

Andrus, 23, hit .279/.347/.361 with 96 runs scored and 37 stolen bases last season. He's also an above average defensive player and teams with Adrian Beltre to form arguably the best left-side of the infield in baseball -- or you could say he teams with Ian Kinsler to form one of the best up-the-middle defensive combinations.

The deal is pending a physical.

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Comments

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Rangers, Andrus agree on 3-year, $14.4M extension

I think the Mark Teixeira deal was a totally understandable one though.  I'm almost never one to begrudge a team going for it (especially one with a young, homegrown SS at the time & a deep farm system which would help soften things from an organizational standpoint - not that it really matters).   




Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:58 am
 

Rangers, Andrus agree on 3-year, $14M extension

The Rangers made an excellent decision getting this deal done with Andrus. He is a strong up-and-coming top 5-10 SS in MLB. It completly makes sense to pay him for his performance and help increase their chances of keeping him with the team once he becomes a free agent in a few years. I always wonder why teams don't sweeten the pot in advance of free agency when you have the opportunity versus waiting for it to become a bad-blood situation. Excellent forward thinking by the Rangers!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:06 am
 

Rangers, Andrus agree on 3-year, $14M extension

sure would look good back in a Braves uni.... worst move in the wren era.


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Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:39 pm
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