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ELVIS ANDRUS EXTENDED CONTRACT WITH TEXAS FOR THREE SEASONS
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:54 PM EST

The Texas Rangers made the 3-year agreement with Elvis Andrus and both the player and the club was pleased they do not have to worry about settlement audiences in future times. Baseball spreads

“For us to get him warranted for 3 years meant a lot to the team and Elvis,” claimed assistant GM Thad Levine, the club’s primary representative in negotiations with Andrus’ agent, Scott Boras. “It worked out brilliantly for both sides. We all believe his best seasons are ahead of him. We’re excited to find out how his upcoming seasons display.”

The deal is worth $14.4 million, and runs thru Andrus’ complete arbitration-eligible time. He is going to be a free agent after the 2014 season. But Levine claimed the club has identified Andrus as part of the “core” and wants to resume talks for a long term agreement in future times. Baseball odds

“We hope he is a Texas Ranger for many years to come,” Levine recounted. “We’ve expressed that to him and will keep on doing so. I do not believe signing him to a 3-year deal prevents us from agreeing to a longer agreement and we’ll work to do that.”

Andrus gets a $750,000 signing compensation and salaries of $2,375,000 this year, $4.8 million in 2013 and $6,475,000 in 2014.

Andrus, who is reporting to spring training just about a week before the mandatory date, declared he’s glad to have the safety of the 3-year deal and can concentrate on what happens on the field. Andrus feels he is increased his game in his 3 years in the majors, but knows he will be able to get better.

“I am still learning every day,” Andrus recounted. “I consider my best years are coming. I’m becoming stronger. I can know lots more about myself and raise my offense and defense. I am trying hard to get much better each year.”

Andrus, 23 year-old, hit a career-best .279 in 2011, while also collecting the most runs (96), hits (164) and RBIs (60) in his 3-year career. Andrus had 37 stolen bases, 5th-most in the American League and has 3 uninterrupted seasons of 30 or more stolen bases.

Andrus in addition leads all major league shortstops in putouts (748) and is 2nd in total chances (2,026) and games (440). He was promoted to the majors as the starting shortstop in 2009 notwithstanding never playing a game in Triple-A. He came 2nd in the American League rookie of the year voting that season. He has started in all thirty three of the Rangers’ playoff games the previous two seasons and is the club’s all-time postseason leader in stolen bases with 9 and tied for 1st with Ian Kinsler in hits at 36.

Andrus was acquired by Texas as part of the Mark Teixeira trade in July 2007. A season and a half later, the Rangers thought highly well enough of Andrus that they asked Michael Young to move from shortstop to 3rd base the season after Young won a Gold Glove at the place.

Andrus has been a fundamental part of the young group that has helped take the Texas Rangers to back-to-back World Series.

“It’s been fantastic being an element of the progress of this team,” Andrus said. “We’re making history as Texas Rangers.

We wish to go out there and do the best we can every day and if we can do that and be healthy, there is a lot of nice stuff we are able to show to everyone.”


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