Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Picimg_texas_rangers_spring_77f7
The Texas Rangers officially announced the signing of their current and future SS Elvis Andrus to an 8-year, $120M deal, setting up their middle infield to be one of the strongest in the American League for half a decade or more.  The number one major league baseball prospect Jurickson Profar also plays SS, but would be a likely candidate to slide over to 2B.  With Andrus at age 24, and Profar at 20, this could be an extremely productive tandem for years to come.  The Rangers would have player control over Profar for six years when he comes up, meaning he couldn’t turn to free agency until 2019 at the earliest. There are some nuances for out clauses in the Andrus deal.  He is now signed at least through 2018 (six more seasons), but he can become a free agent then, or after 2019 should he choose.  If he doesn’t exercise, he stays with the Texas Rangers through 2022.Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels hailed the deal as good for the team and Andrus: “It’s an unusual deal that works for both sides…we understand he wants to keep the right to be a free agent before he’s 30. The point is he wants to be here, we want him to be here and this is what both sides are willing to do.” Credit to the Rangers for balancing free agents and prospects.  They’ve never given up too much to get that key player down the stretch, they bring in talent that produces at reasonable prices, and they know when to let a Josh Hamilton go when it is time.  It sure seems the Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels are on the same page, and it shows. -Dave (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball The post Elvis Andrus deal with Texas Rangers officially announced, Jurickson Profar to 2B? appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

Video: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.