(NEW YORK) — While the Texas Rangers have seen some of their best players leave in recent years, they weren’t going to let shortstop Elvis Andrus go anywhere. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the team has rewarded Andrus with an eight-year contract extension.
Andrus will make $120 million over the course of his new deal. He will earn $4.8 million this season, and $6.48 million in 2014 before his new deal kicks in. According to MLB.com, Andrus has the option of opting out after the fourth year of his new deal.
The 24-year-old Andrus has been one of the better shortstops in baseball since his rookie year back in 2009. In 2012, he set career highs in doubles, triples, hit, and on-base-percentage.
Andrus’ new deal shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as back in February Andrus declared: “I want to be here. I love it here.”
The Rangers now have Andrus along with second baseman Ian Kinsler and third baseman Adrian Beltre signed together through 2016.
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