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Report: Rangers & Andrus “Close” To Extension

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he hit a single in the bottom of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles uring the American League Wild Card playoff game  at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 5, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 05: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he hit a single in the bottom of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles uring the American League Wild Card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 5, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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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