Andrus will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Rangers this offseason, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The shortstop has until Wednesday to inform the Rangers of his decision, but this seems like a no-brainer. Andrus is coming off a down year and has $58 million remaining on his contract. He missed more than two months after suffering a right elbow fracture in April, and the power simply never returned.
Andrus went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday's 12-6 loss to the Mariners. Andrus is closing out a tough season on a high note, going 7-for-16 with three doubles over the last five games. That tough year was the result of an early season elbow injury that sapped his power. He had a .500 slugging percentage and .926 OPS prior to the injury, followed by a .351/.643 since. Unrelated to his power, Andrus' steal Friday was just his fifth after averaging 30 over his previous nine seasons.
Andrus is out of the lineup versus Seattle on Thursday. Andrus will receive a breather after starting eight of the past nine games. In his place, Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop.
Andrus is not in the lineup Monday against the Angels. Andrus is hitting just .179/.247/.284 with two homers through 18 games in September, so he'll head to the bench for Monday's series opener in an attempt to clear his head. Hanser Alberto is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth in this one.
Andrus went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Rays. Andrus told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that's he's felt better in the last week or so than at any time since returning from an elbow injury in June. That may be the case, but one can't deduce that from his numbers. He doesn't have an extra-base hit or RBI over his last 10 games, a stretch in which he's hitting .103 (4-for-39).