FORT WORTH (AP) – A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Texas Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus have agreed to a three-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

The person said Tuesday night the deal that runs through the 2014 season is pending a physical. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been finalized.

The agreement comes two days before a scheduled arbitration hearing.

The two-time defending American League champions are still talking with catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Nelson Cruz, who have salary arbitration hearings scheduled next week.

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