Columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning Newspasses along the season-by-season financial breakdown of Elvis Andrus’ new three-year, $14.4 million contract extension with the Rangers:
2012: $2.375 million 2013: $4.8 million 2014: $6.475 million
The agreement, which also comes with a $750,000 signing bonus, covers Andrus through all three of his years of arbitration eligibility. He can test the free agent market in the winter of 2014 if not re-upped.
Andrus, 23, batted .279/.347/.361 with 60 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 150 games last season.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.