Shortstop Elvis Andrus said that his eight-year, $120 million contract extension is still not completed, but he acknowledged that he is pleased with the opportunity to remain with the Rangers over the long-term. Ideally, said Andrus, he will stay with the Rangers for his entire career.
"As a player, that's what you're looking for," Andrus said. "That'd be awesome. That's what you're looking for, and for me that's the Rangers."
Andrus took and passed a physical Monday, and the Rangers are hoping to announce the deal on Thursday's off day. It's an eight-year pact that includes an opt-out clause, meaning that Andrus would be with the Rangers for at least the next six years.
"I'm still here," he said. "I'll be here for a little while, so I'm good."
Andrus also dispelled the notion that agent Scott Boras was going to take him to free agency after next season. Andrus said that the players are the boss and that Boras does whatever they want. In this case, Andrus wanted to stay with the Rangers and not hit the open market.
"I never said that," he said. "I know everyone thinks that about Scott. He's always going to try to get you the best deal, but in the end it was my choice and what's best for me and my family."
-- Jeff Wilson