The Rangers have a glut of infield depth which could push the club to make shortstop Elvis Andrus available in a trade. Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports that GM Jon Daniels will listen to trade offers for Andrus. Daniels added that the club’s starting pitching, catcher, and left field/DH needs would be solved best via trade than through free agency.
Andrus, 26, wasn’t very productive this past season, hitting .263/.314/.333. While he was able to steal 27 bases, he was also thrown out a league-leading 15 times for an unimpressive 64 percent success rate. The shortstop is signed through 2022 after signing an eight-year, $120 million contract extension in April 2013.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.