by John Viril—When I read that the Texas Rangers committed $131 million over the next 10 years to 24-year-old SS Elvis Andrus, I could not help compare this deal to the current contract the Royals have with their own Alcides Escobar.
Royals GM Dayton Moore got a screaming bargain.
The Royals control 26-year-old Escobar for the next five seasons (3 under contract with two club options) for a total of $20.75 million—with $11.75 million in the two option years. The club options mean that the Royals can decline either of those last two years if Escobar does not perform to expectations. In the Andrus contract, the player holds an opt out clause in 2018—meaning Texas is on the hook for $131 million unless Andrus decides his market value is higher in year six.
Last season, Andrus and Escobar produced almost identical offensive value, with Escobar having a slight edge. Andrus batted .286/.349/.378 for an OPS of .728 and 21 stolen bases (wRC+ of 95), while Escobar checked in at .293/.331/.39...