The Texas Rangers are about to be the next baseball team to sign one of their young stars to a long-term deal.
The Rangers are reportedly close to signing shortstop Elvis Andrus to a new contract. His new contract is expected to be for eight-years and a $120 million dollars.
Andrus would be the fifth major league to sign a new contract since Friday, which is when the spending spree started in Major League Baseball. Justin Verlander and Buster Posey signed their contracts on Friday.
And Adam Wainwright and Paul Goldschmidt have signed long-term deals since with their respective teams.
Andrus is 24-years-old, and has been in the majors for the past four seasons. He has a .275 batting average in his career, but had a career-best .286 batting average in 711 plate appearances last season.
He is currently in the second year of a three-year contract. This contract pays him $14.4 million, which included his first three years of his arbitration-eligible seasons.
He is slated to make $4.8 million dollars this season. And this mega deal would be the first for a position player that consistently lacks offensive firepower.
He hasn’t showed any home run power in the four previous seasons. And he hasn’t had an OPS higher than 91 in his career.
But his youth and fielding ability would make him a very valuable commodity to any team, which is why the Rangers are close to a new deal with him. And with this new deal, he would become a free agent again at 33-years-old.
With Andrus locked up for the long-term, top Major League prospect Jurickson Profar will likely have to find a new position. Profar may have to move to second or third base, while Andrus is playing shortstop.
And if Profar is playing second, the Rangers would have to move Ian Kinsler. Kinsler, who is signed to a contract with the team through the 2017 seasons, may have to play DH or first base. Or even request a trade to a new team.