Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has had a disappointing season after signing a $120 million contract extension, is among the players who have passed through trade waivers this month, according to major-league sources.
There's no indication that the Rangers are interested in trading Andrus at this time. Teams routinely put most or all of their players through waivers every August, to give them flexibility in case something comes up, and sometimes to mask other players who they hope don't get claimed.
The Rangers have a surplus in the middle infield, with 20-year-old Jurickson Profar showing that he's ready to play in the major leagues. But Andrus remains their everyday shortstop, and teams in the middle of a pennant race don't trade away their everyday shortstop.
The 24-year-old Andrus is a two-time All-Star, but his numbers have dropped dramatically this season. His .624 OPS ranks 143rd among the 149 players with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.