ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus must decide by Wednesday if he is going to opt out of the remaining four years and $58 million of his contract.A decision has not been announced, but Andrus is planning on staying with the Rangers for at least one more year.Andrus indicated that
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus must decide by Wednesday if he is going to opt out of the remaining four years and $58 million of his contract.
A decision has not been announced, but Andrus is planning on staying with the Rangers for at least one more year.
Andrus indicated that for most of the season and repeated it during radio station 105.3 The Fan's anniversary party this weekend in Arlington.
"I'm really blessed, and I love this city," Andrus said. "I would love to live the rest of my life here, and I would like to retire as a Ranger. I don't have any plans on leaving."
Andrus has a similar clause in his contract in which he can opt out after next season as well.
This offseason does not appear to be the optimum time for Andrus to be venturing out into the free-agent market. He played in just 97 games for the Rangers this past season, hitting .256 with a .367 slugging percentage.
That was down from a .297 average and a .471 slugging percentage in 2017. A big part of the problem was Andrus missed more than two months with a fractured right elbow after getting hit by a pitch on April 11.
The Rangers have several club options that need to be decided this week. One is a $2.375 million option on catcher Robinson Chirinos. The Rangers are going to pick that one up while declining options on pitchers Doug Fister and Matt Moore.
The tricky one is left-hander Martin Perez. The Rangers have a $7.5 million option with a $750,000 buyout on him. Perez was 2-7 with a 6.22 ERA in 15 starts and seven relief appearances this past season. But he is also just 27 years old, and he was a 13-game winner for the Rangers in 2017. This past season was marred by an offseason injury on his non-throwing right elbow that required surgery, and he was never at his best during the year.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.