Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that shortstop Elvis Andrus won’t opt out of his contract with the Rangers. Andrus has four guaranteed years and $58 million remaining as well as a $15 million club option for the 2023 season (which becomes guaranteed with 550 plate appearances in 2022 or 1,100 PA in 2021-22).
Andrus, 30, is coming off of an injury-shortened season. He hit .256/.308/.367 with 29 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, 53 runs scored, and five stolen bases in 428 plate appearances. Per Baseball reference, Andrus averaged 3.3 WAR per season from 2011-17 but posted just 1.7 WAR in 2018.
Andrus suffered an olecranon fracture in his right elbow when he was hit by a 97 MPH Keynan Middleton fastball on April 11. He came off of the disabled list on June 18 after missing 60 games.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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