Posted February 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Having won the first two AL pennants in franchise history, the Texas Rangers want to keep their key players around for a while. Slick-fielding shortstop Elvis Andrus and the Rangers finalized a $14.4 million, three-year contract Wednesday. The deal covers his three years of salary arbitration eligibility, and Texas would like to discuss an even longer agreement with agent Scott Boras. ''We have made no bones about the fact that we would like to sign some of our core players to extensions that do extend into free agency,'' assistant general manager Thad Levine said. ''Elvis is one of those types of guys. We hope he is a Texas Ranger for years to come.'' Andrus gets a $750,000 signing bonus and salaries of $2,375,000 this year, $4.8 million in 2013 and $6,475,000 in 2014. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Thursday. Andrus had asked for $3.6 million and was offered $2.65 million. A key for him was financial security. ''It is som...
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