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Derek Jeter’s replacement? Yankees “intrigued” by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus

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As the Yankees look for a Derek Jeter replacement Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an interesting name to consider, reporting that Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus “has the Yankees intrigued.”

Of course, Andrus has an eight-year, $120 million contract that doesn’t even start until 2015.

Texas might be willing to trade him, however, because his performance has stagnated and they have potential replacements in Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar.

The question would be whether Andrus’ market value has declined to the point that the Rangers would have to eat some of his contract to get a trade done or if he still has enough value to fetch a decent return along with the high salaries through 2022.

Andrus hit just .267 with six homers and a .653 OPS in 313 games during the past two seasons and both his defense and baserunning showed signs of decline this year at age 25. Do the Yankees want to be paying him $15 million per season through age 34?