Elvis Andrus will be locked up for the next six years, but could be playing shortstop for the Texas Rangers until 2022 after agreeing to an eight-year, $120 million contract extension that will begin when his current deal expires in 2014. The deal, which includes a $2 million signing bonus, features an opt-out clause that would allow Andrus to become a free agent four years into the extension. A source said late Sunday that the Andrus camp is uncomfortable with the thought of him playing out the full length of the deal and becoming a free agent at age 34 after 14 major-league seasons. Andrus is to undergo a physical examination Monday as the final step before the deal becomes official, according to another source. A third source said that, as of Monday morning, the Rangers were not planning to announce the deal Monday. Andrus will become the fourth-highest paid shortstop in the league once the deal is finalized. His long-term presence in the Rangers' infield brings into question the futures of second baseman Ian Kinsler and top prospect Jurickson Profar.
Elvis Andrus, Rangers in agreement on eight-year contract extension
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Apr 1