Originally posted on MLB Buzz  |  Last updated 4/2/13
  The Rangers’ 10-year commitment to shortstop Elvis Andrus sounds huge, almost unfathomable. And it would be, if not for one thing: The commitment is not likely to be a 10-year commitment at all.   Andrus, who is under contract for the next two seasons, is expected to finalize his eight-year, $120 million extension with the Rangers later this week. But his deal includes an opt-out clause after 2018, according to Fox Sports Southwest’s Anthony Andro, potentially reducing the team’s commitment to four years, $60 million.   The potential escape is critical for Andrus and his agent, Scott Boras; Andrus likely will opt out if he stays healthy, becoming a free agent at age 30 instead of 34.   Why would the Rangers make such a concession?   Because it enables them to accomplish the rare feat of buying out four free-agent years on a Boras client – Boras generally shuns extensions, preferring his players to establish their values on the open market.   This way, the Rangers will control Andrus
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