Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said Wednesday that he’s happy in Texas, but he’ll “see what happens” in terms of a possible contract extension. His current deal expires in two years. The 24-year-old Andrus is positioned to be one of the top free agents after the 2014 season, and with Scott Boras as his agent he's expected to see what is value is on the open market.
Andrus was on The Ben & Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and was asked what it would take to keep him in a Texas uniform long term.
“I think everybody has to be on the same page to get there,” Andrus said. “I’m happy. I’ve still got two more years on my contract, and then we’ll see what happens. We’re still talking about it. That’s all I can say. For sure, I would love to stay here. Hopefully, I can stay here for a long time.”
Andrus, a two-time All-Star, is a career .275 hitter in the majors with 14 homers, 197 RBIs, 123 stolen bases and a .342 OBP. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove last season and has established himself as a key hitter near the top of the lineup.
Andrus talked about what he’s looking for in his next contract (which comes after he makes $4.8 million this year and $6.475 million next year).
“For every young guy who gets an opportunity to be a free agent this young, what we’re looking for besides the money is the year,” Andrus told Ben and Skin. “You want to be able to sign and be secure for a good period of years. I want to be at a place for a long time and play with that team for a long time and secure my future and my family too.”
With Andrus’ stock rising and Boras as his agent, it’s going to be difficult to sign him before he hits free agency. Once he gets there, it gets even tougher. We’ve seen what has happened recently to big-time Rangers that have hit the free agent market the past few years. Cliff Lee went to Philadelphia. Josh Hamilton signed with the Angels.
But if you read between the lines, it sure seems like Andrus will at least test the market.