Report: Rangers & Andrus “Close” To Extension

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a single that scored Mike Napoli #25 in the third inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a single that scored Mike Napoli #25 in the third inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NORTH TEXAS (CBS SPORTS) – The Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus are discussing a contract extension, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Heyman adds that $120 million is on the table but the two sides aren’t close to an agreement. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the two sides were talking about an eight-year agreement.

Andrus, 24, would join Jered Weaver and Carlos Gonzalez as the rare Scott Boras client to sign a long-term extension in lieu of free agency. He is already under contract for both 2013 ($4.8 million) and 2014 ($6.475 million), after which he would hit the open market.

Originally acquired in the Mark Teixeira blockbuster with the Braves, Andrus has emerged as one of baseball’s best all-around shortstops in recent years. He’s a .275/.342/.353 (84 OPS+) career hitter who has averaged roughly 31 steals per season, and last year he hit .286/.349/.378 (91 OPS+) with three homers.

Andrus really shines with the glove, with both UZR (+29.3) and DRS (+23) rating him as well-above-average defensively in his four-year career. Add in tremedous durability — zero career DL stints and at least 145 games played in all four seasons — and you have one of baseball’s best and most valuable young players. With nine figures on the table, the Rangers apparently agree.

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