Jul 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mailbag: The Texas Rangers Should Have Traded Elvis Andrus

On Friday we discussed the Texas Rangers’ lack of activity at the trade deadline this season. Despite being one of the worst teams in MLB, and consequently out of the playoff race, the Rangers were clearly a “seller” this season.

Instead the Rangers stood pat, feeling they could be competitors again in 2015 if they could only get healthy. We asked readers this:

Did the Rangers do the smart move by not moving these players or did they miss out on a great opportunity? Should they have sent Rios and Cotts packing even if they didn’t particularly like the offer? What about Beltre and Elvis?

We have been getting some great feedback over the weekend with very different takes on the situation. Today we start with an emailer who thinks the Rangers should have moved SS Elvis Andrus.

Sport DFW reader Tom wrote,

I would have liked to have seen Elvis Andrus traded. He looks, at times, like he doesn’t know what play to make. Move him out, put Jurickson Profar, when he comes back, at shortstop and leave Rougned Odor at second.

I happen to largely agree with Tom on this one. Andrus hasn’t had a great year and has yet to really develop offensively for the Rangers. On top of that, he’s due a ridiculous amount of money ($120M) over the next 8 years and only ranks as a pretty average player.

With younger middle infielder options behind him (Jurickson and Odor) ready to contribute from day 1 next season, it only makes sense to move Andrus and start over, right?

Jul 25, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

There are no guarantees that either Odor or Profar will develop into top players, but it may be worth a shot given the cost of Andrus. But the cost is also a big reason why the Rangers couldn’t move him even if they wanted to.

If the Rangers traded Andrus they would effectively only be trying to dump salary and probably couldn’t get much back in return. In all likelihood the Rangers would probably have to absorb some of the contract themselves if they wanted to trade Andrus now.

At age 25, Andrus is still a young player with plenty of upside, but the contract is so large, many teams see him as more of a liability than an asset.

Jon Daniels talked with teams and took offers for various players. We just don’t know what those offers were. I have a feeling Andrus would be gone if even a halfway decent offer came through.

The Rangers are likely still banking on Andrus improving his game and realizing his vast potential that caused them to sign him to such a deal in the first place. Which I must add is very possible too.

Elvis isn’t a joke. He’s a pretty good player with a ton of skill. The logjam in the middle infield will work itself out one way or the other, but for the foreseeable future, it looks like Elvis is going to be a set piece in Texas.

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Tags: Elvis Andrus Jurickson Profar Rougned Odor Texas Rangers

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