Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

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!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

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.