Elvis leaving Texas: Rangers deal Andrus to A’s for DH Davis
By admin - February 6, 2021
Elvis is leaving Texas. Here are the highlights:
- Veteran infielder Elvis Andrus was traded to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
- Texas is sending the 32-year-old Andrus, catcher Aramis Garcia and $13.5 million to the A’s for designated hitter Khris Davis, along with catcher Jonah Heim and right-hander Dane Acker.
- Andrus is owed $14 million in each of the next two seasons.
- The $120 million, eight-season deal he signed in 2015 also includes a $15 million option for 2023 that now, because of the trade, becomes a player option if he has 550 plate appearances in 2022, or 1,100 combined in 2021-22.
- Rangers president Jon Daniels said the deal had been discussed earlier in the winter, and conversations picked up in the past week. Daniels made a call Thursday night to Andrus, who could have vetoed any trade. “From a career standpoint, I think he understood it right away, which was, we’ve made decisions based on our plan,” Daniels said. “This is an opportunity for him to play shortstop, which is, you know, what he has done his whole career and is very confident in his abilities to do that for a very good club.”
- “On behalf of the Texas Rangers, I want to thank Elvis Andrus for the tremendous impact he has made on our organization over the last 12 years. His play on the field, his connection to our fans, and his work in the community have played an integral part in shaping our franchise,” Rangers chairman and manager partner Ray Davis said. “He will forever be a member of the Texas Rangers family.”
- Andrus has batted .274 over his 12 seasons, and the two-time All-Star is the only MLB player with at least 10 seasons of 145 games or more since he debuted in 2009, before the Rangers went to the World Series in each of the next two seasons. He hit .194 last season when limited to 29 games because of lingering lower back issues.