by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was slotted atop the team's lineup with Ian Kinsler out for a second-straight day, and he responded with a 5-for-5 performance that included a double, triple, three runs, two RBI and two stolen bases.
Andrus bumped his batting average 20 points, giving him a .282/.328/.350 line with 12 stolen bases in 192 plate appearances. Despite the excellent outing, Andrus won't retain the lead-off spot in the lineup when Kinsler returns.
Elvis Andrus steals two bases, goes hitless
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus stole second and third base after reaching base on an error in the fifth inning, giving him 10 steals this season. He was 0 for 4 but scored a run after stealing the bases.
Andrus didn't reach double digits in steals last season until June 15, when he produced a career-low 21 stolen bases. He has hit .267/.313/.321 in 179 plate appearances this season.
Elvis Andrus reaches base five times Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus reached base five times Sunday against the Astros.
Andrus collected three hits in the game, all singles. He also walked twice. Andrus came around to score twice, bringing his run scored total to 20. He's hitting .270/.315/.329 in 152 at-bats.
Elvis Andrus posts three-hit game in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went 3 for 5 with a run and his seventh stolen base of the season in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers Wednesday night. It was Andrus' sixth straight game with at least one hit and his first three-hit game since April 2.
Andrus has hit .266/.301/.331 in 149 plate appearances this season.
Elvis Andrus has nine-game hitting streak
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has a nine-game hitting streak after going 1 for 5 in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. However, he also struck out three times in the loss, including with two outs and two men on in the ninth inning of a three-run deficit.
Andrus has boosted his batting average from .194 to .248 during his hitting streak, but he left six men on base Wednesday out of the second spot in the order.
Elvis Andrus gets day off
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) The Rangers gave shortstop Elvis Andrus a scheduled day off Saturday against Minnesota. Leury Garcia got the start at short.
Andrus is sitting with a six-game hitting streak in which he's gone 10 for 28 (.357) with three doubles, an RBI and a stolen base. He's scored five runs over that span.
Elvis Andrus returning to the building?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has put together a four-game hitting streak following a 0-for-13 slide that dropped his batting average to a season-low .194 April 20. Andrus has since hit .389 (7 for 18), lifting his season average to .235.
Elvis Andrus collects three hits
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus hit three singles Monday.
Andrus went 3 for 5, scoring one run. Andrus has struggled to begin the season, hitting just .224/.280/.276 in 84 plate appearances.
Elvis Andrus hitless in third straight game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went hitless for the third-straight game, a 5-0 win over the Mariners Saturday, making him 0 for 13 over the past three days. But the slump doesn't have his manager concerned.
"Elvis has been stroking the baseball," Washington told MLB.com before the game. "I don't want him to change anything. When he starts finding holes, it will come in droves. He's smacking the baseball. I told Elvis, 'Don't change a thing.'"
Andrus has hit .190/.260/.254 in 75 plate appearances this season.
Elvis Andrus searching for extra-base hits
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus notched two triples in the team's first game of April as part of a three-hit game. Andrus hasn't picked up an extra-base hit in 12 games since then, giving him a .241/.317/.315 line through his first 62 plate appearances.
Despite the deficiency in extra-base hits, Andrus has gotten on base in all but one of his 14 games played in April.
Elvis Andrus a clutch hitter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had two RBI with runners in scoring position Tuesday against the Rays, increasing his RBI total to four with runners in scoring position in five games. Andrus is continuing a trend of being a clutch hitter from 2012, when he hit .350 with RISP.
"I need to have the same focus when I have nobody on," Andrus said, per ESPN.com. "I'd be hitting .300 for my career. I just love it. Anytime I have that situation I try to close the field to a tunnel, to a gap and just try to shoot the ball in the middle. I feel way better. I'm seeing pitches better."
Elvis Andrus drives in two
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had two RBI in a win over the Rays Monday.
Andrus had a two-run single in the seventh inning that gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead. They won 5-4.
The 24-year-old Andrus is batting .250 and has tripled twice. He has three RBI and a steal. Andrus stole 21 bases last year.
Rangers to announce Elvis Andrus' new deal Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) The Rangers are set to announce Elvis Andrus' new eight-year deal at a press conference Thursday.
The deal can be worth $146 million depending on whether Andrus' options are exercised. Andrus does have an opt-out clause following the 2018 season. The 24-year-old's main assets are his speed and defense. He's posted good on-base percentages over his career, but hasn't hit for much power.
Elvis Andrus' monster contract contains opt-out clause
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Elvis Andrus' eight-year, $120 million contract extension includes an opt-out clause the shortstop can exercise after either the 2018 or 2019 season, Fox Sports reports.
The extension doesn't kick in until after the 2014 season; in all, the Rangers have committed $131 million to Andrus through the 2022 season. Although full details of the contract aren't out yet, Andrus would likely leave some $45 million on the table if he chooses to opt out in 2019 or $60 million if he opts out in 2018.
Either way, the Rangers have Andrus entrenched at shortstop for the foreseeable future. But given the ever-swelling salaries in baseball, we may see Andrus hitting the free-agent market in five or six years, not a full decade down the line.
Elvis Andrus triples twice among three hits
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) After going 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts on opening day, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had a much better showing Tuesday night against the Astros. He went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Andrus also walked once in the 7-0 win.
The 24-year-old tripled in the fifth inning before singling in the seventh. In the ninth, he drove in Ian Kinsler with another three-bagger.
Elvis Andrus, Rangers agree to 8-year, $120M deal
by Jeff Tobin | Fantasy Writer (4/1/2013)Elvis Andrus and the Rangers have agreed on an eight-year, $120 million contract extension, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman comfirmed early Monday. The deal means the team now has a total of $131 million committed to the shortstop over the next 10 years.
Andrus would have been a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.
The team is now stacked with middle infield options, with Ian Kinsler at second base and top shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar in the minors.
The team could move Kinsler to first base next season -- or somewhere else -- making room for the highly touted Profar, Heyman suggested. But the team has not announced such a plan.
Report: Elvis Andrus, Rangers close to eight-year deal
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Shortly after the Rangers' 8-2 loss to the Astros on opening day, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported Texas and shortstop Elvis Andrus were close to finalizing an eight-year contract worth $120 million.
Andrus went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in the season opener.
Andrus, 24, batted .404 (21 for 52) in 19 Cactus League games with two homers, nine RBI and three stolen bases.
Elvis Andrus homers, extends spring hitting streak
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled and homered against the Reds Saturday to extend his spring hitting streak to 13 games and boost his average to .415. The home run was the second in 45 plate appearances for Andrus, who only hit three home runs in 711 plate appearances last year.
Rangers could trade Elvis Andrus if multiyear deal not reached
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports the Rangers will "make one more run" at signing shortstop Elvis Andrus to a multiyear deal, but if a deal can't be reached, the team will likely trade him in "10 to 12 months."
The Rangers rejected all trade offers for Andrus this offseason, but a deal would open up shortstop for elite prospect Jurickson Profar, who may begin this season in the minors due to the Rangers' lack of a regular starting role for him. It remains possible Profar could break camp with the team as a utility player.
Andrus dealing ink soreness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus sat out Thursday's Cactus League game against the Indians due to "left arm sensitivity" from a new tattoo. "A little sore right now, but I'll be good to go tomorrow and Saturday," Andrus told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "But it's a memory of my dad. I'm really proud that it's going to be on myself forever."
Andrus staying in two-hole
(2/19/2013) Rangers manager Ron Washington told MLB.com that shortstop Elvis Andrus will bat second in the lineup behind Ian Kinsler heading into the regular season. Andrus, who has batted in the two-hole each of the last two seasons, hit second in Texas' first intrasquad game on Tuesday. Julio Borbon, Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry had also been considered to bat behind Kinsler. "They're not ready for that," Washington said. "Borbon might be. He has played in the big leagues and led off for me before. Martin ... I want him to break in slowly. Gentry ... I'd much rather have Kinsler and Elvis at the top, and he can be a second leadoff hitter at the bottom."
Elvis not leaving the field
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/3/2013)The Dallas Morning News reports since Feb. 1, 2012 through Wednesday, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus led the major leagues in spring-training, regular-season, playoff and winter-league games played with 219. Hes at a different stage than some of the younger guys who wed typically influence one way or the other, general manager Jon Daniels said. He knows what he needs to do to get ready. Andrus played in a career-high 158 games with the Rangers last season, but be faded down the stretch, batting .216 with a .273 on-base percentage in his last 29 games. Despite his late-season struggles, the Rangers aren't expecting to make major changes to Andrus' playing time in 2013. We were looking to get Elvis a little more rest during the season regardless of what he did this winter, Daniels said. That continues to be important for us.