The Rangers have avoided arbitration with Elvis Andrus, agreeing to terms with the shortstop on a three-year deal for between $14 and $15 million pending a physical, according to sources.
Andrus, 23, will avoid arbitration for the remainder of his career with Texas thanks to the contract. He batted .279 with five homers and 60 RBIs with 37 stolen bases in 2011.
It was Andrus’ third season in the league as the club’s starting shortstop. He was second in the AL rookie of the year balloting in 2009, hitting .267 with six homers and 40 RBIs with 33 stolen bases. He had a .265 average with no homers and 35 RBIs with 32 stolen bases in 2010.
Andrus was acquired as part of the Mark Teixeira trade in July 2007 and never even played in Triple-A before earning the starting shortstop spot in 2009. Michael Young, who was a Gold Glove shortstop in 2008, moved over to third base to accommodate Andrus’ arrival.
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