The Texas Rangers have twice tried to lock up All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus to a long-term contract and are expected to make one more run at it this year, but people familiar with their thinking suggest that if the Rangers can't secure him to a multiyear deal they will likely trade him in "10 to 12 months.''

That means there's a pretty good chance he'll be on the block next winter -- which would open a spot for Jurickson Profar, who's considered by many to be baseball's top prospect but appears caught in a tight squeeze this year for a roster spot.

Rangers people are said not to be overly optimistic they can lock up Andrus but apparently would prefer to trade him rather than simply lose him as a free agent after 2014. They made their two prior efforts to sign Andrus in previous years but haven't yet broached the subject this year.

Texas declined all trade offers for Andrus this winter, including Arizona's bid to obtain Andrus for Justin Upton, which provides a pretty fair indication of how highly they regard Andrus. However, should they trade Andrus next winter, they are well covered with Profar, who seems ready to break through. The Rangers also declined to part with Profar for Upton, probably a smart call since they understand Andrus may only be a Ranger for another year, or possibly two.