Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus told the media on Friday that he has already lost 10 pounds and plans to lose 10 additional pounds, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Obviously, it remains to be seen how the weight loss will affect Andrus, who is listed at six feet, 200 pounds on his Baseball Reference page. Among qualified shortstops, Derek Jeter was the only one to hit for less power than Andrus going by isolated power, which is slugging percentage minus batting average. Jeter came in at .057 while Andrus was found at .069. The major league average at shortstop was .112. To give a sense of scale, Edwin Encarnacion led baseball in ISO at .279. Ben Revere brought up the rear, slightly behind Jeter at .055.
In his six-year career, Andrus has yet to post an OPS better than .727. He fell all the way down to .647 during the 2014 season, and was only 27-for-42 stealing bases. He led the league having been caught stealing 15 times.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”