Report: Andrus Unlikely To Opt-Out This Offseason

Josh Clark
September 12, 2018 - 10:53 am
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ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus addressed the opt-out clause in his contract with reporters before Tuesday night's game in Los Angeles, suggesting that he is unlikely to test the free agent waters this winter.

Andrus told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and others that he is "for sure" coming back to the Rangers in 2019 before backpedaling and adding that no decision had been finalized.

The decision for Elvis to opt-in isn't a surprising one when you consider his struggles at the plate. 

Andrus had a career year at the plate in 2017 when he hit .297 with 20 home runs and 88 RBI. He continued his strong performance at the plate to begin 2018 before being hit by a pitch and sustaining a fractured elbow. Andrus is hitting .262 with 6 home runs and 31 RBI in 344 at-bats this season. 

Andrus signed an 8-year, $120 million extension with the Rangers in 2015. He has another opt-out option following the 2019 season.