ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers on Thursday formally announced a new eight-year contract extension that will keep two-time All-Star Elvis Andrus with the club through at least 2022. The contract also contains a vesting option for 2023.
The extension, which takes affect after his current contract expires following the 2014 season, guarantees the 24-year-old $120 million. In total, Andrus will earn more than $131 million over 10 seasons.
An All-Star in 2010 and 2012, Andrus is one of just 11 shortstops in MLB history to appear in multiple All-Star games before turning 24 years old. Now entering his fifth season, he already has the second-highest hit total (623) of any shortstop in Rangers’ history.
The Venezuelan had the best offensive season of his major league career in 2012, batting .286 with 62 RBI.
In the team’s opening series in Houston, he was 4-for-13 (.308) and tied a franchise record with two triples in Tuesday night’s near perfect game by Yu Darvish.
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