Andrus signs through 2018…rest up in the air
The Rangers have reached an agreement with Elvis Andrus through at least 2018. An announcement is expected later this week after Andrus completes his physical. The contract extension is for eight years but Andrus can be a free agent after four years.
Andrus will likely take that free agency unless something catastrophic happens. So expect this to be just a four-year extension worth $60 million. In the unlikely event Andrus does stay, the total value of the deal could reach $131 million. There is a vesting option for a ninth season.
This covers the Rangers through Andrus’ prime years. They also have second baseman Ian Kinsler signed through 2017. The Rangers still like Jurickson Profar but the Rangers don’t have to rush into a decision on his future. At some point the Rangers could make a trade or ask somebody to switch position but that isn’t something that needs to be decided now.