Rangers Extend Elvis Andrus
The Rangers and Elvis Andrus avoided arbitration and agreed to a three year deal worth $15 million. Elvis is represented by Scott Boras, and unsurprisingly, the deal didn’t go beyond the six year period of club control. There have been no indications that either side attempted to go beyond three years.
Earlier this offseason, the Rangers had conversations with Ian Kinsler regarding a “new deal”. Kinsler’s current contract runs through the 2013 season, including a no-brainer $10 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the final year.
The contract negotiations will make it interesting to see what the future holds for Rangers’ top prospect Jurickson Profar. Profar will turn 19 in two weeks, and could skip High-A and head straight to AA Frisco this season. Baseball Prospectus analyst Kevin Goldstein, among others, considers Profar to be the top shortstop prospect in baseball.
Last year, Goldstein wrote this about Profar:
“With well-above average defense including a very strong arm, average speed and power, a big-league-level approach, and fantastic makeup, he’s the best shortstop prospect in the game, and before you ask, I’m well aware of what Baltimore’s Manny Machado has done this year.”
Of course, a lot can happen between now and when Profar is MLB-ready, but given Texas’ three potential stars and two positions, it is likely that one will be with another organization within three years.