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.