Elvis. 30 comments


 

Forgotten in all the trade talk about where Hamels or Beltre will end up, is where Elvis Andrus goes. Or doesn’t go.

Andrus has an opt out at the end of the season. He can stay or he can go.

Andrus’s agent is Scott Boras. You hire Boras for one reason, to fully maximize your earning potential for financial security for you and your family in the few incoming-generating years you, as an athlete, have.

Rarely does a Boras client remains with the same team. And that’s where this gets tricky for the Rangers.

Surely, they have a sense of whether he is planning on staying. With the relationship Andrus has with the team, the two parties have certainly discussed it.

One has to hope Andrus will stay with the Rangers because he has matured both offensively and defensively the past three seasons to become a real asset in the lineup.

From 2015 on, every year, his production increased year to year, most notably making a monumental jump in home runs from eight to twenty from 2016 to 2017.

And before he got injured this season, he had taken his game up even further, hitting .327 with an OPS of .962. That’s elite-level offense.

You can bet that is exactly how Scott Boras will be selling him, as one of the small tier of elite-level shortstops, with Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.

Boras can sell bifocals to a blind man. His full-court courtship of Elvis Andrus will be a thing of beauty.

Which leads back to the point.

Chances are pretty good Elvis Andrus opts out of this contract at the end of the season. So, it makes sense to trade him at the deadline. Get something for an elite-level shortstop rather than let him walk away for nothing.

One team in the pennant race and without a shortstop is last season’s trade partner, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who swapped the Rangers Willie Calhoun for Yu Darvish.

They lost their All-Star shortstop Corey Seager to elbow surgery and have been working around it since. Deep pocket teams like the Dodgers don’t like talking chances when it comes to making it deep in October. Elvis would make a great rent-a-player for them, or for any other team looking for a significant offense boost up the middle. (The Cubs might be looking to upgrade Addison Russell, as well, who has never developed into the hitter he was projected to be.)

And, for everyone who thinks it’s blasphemy to consider the Rangers without Elvis Andrus, consider this: After he opts out, they can always re-sign him. Like with Adrian Beltre.

But, with Boras as Andrus’s agent, it’s going to cost. This is the most special, elite-level shortstop the game has seen in nearly one hundred years. You can bet the slick-tongued agent will have the facts to back that up.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Cole Hamels (4-7, 4.05) vs. Mike Fiers (5-5, 3.79)
Game time: 3:10

How the Rangers hit against Fiers.
How the Tigers hit against Hamels.

  • TD30

    Gallo has contusion to left eye and will be further examined.

    • TD30

      Guess he’s ok since he’s in the line up today

  • TD30
  • JacobMcCandles

    I think with the injury setting Elvis back…he wont opt out, now he has another opt out year next year, that has a better chance to come into play.

  • TD30
  • elkaba

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Elvis get to go for another run at the WS. Like you said, if money is his object, he’s gone after this year anyway. Might as well get something in return.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Watch that trade value slowly wither away for Hamels

  • GoRangers23

    Snap! I didn’t even know the game was on, and it wasn’t even recording. Grrrrrr!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Game’s already over. and the first inning isn’t over.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I have already started surfing : (

      • GoRangers23

        Don’t run into a shark. 😄

        • JacobMcCandles

          Need a bigger boat

  • GoRangers23

    OY! This is VERY UGLY!

  • TD30

    Hamels REALLY doesn’t want to be traded. Doing his best to lower his value.

    • elkaba

      Wonder how long before a trip to the DL?

      • TD30

        Good question!

      • GoRangers23

        I was wondering the same thing.

        My husband heard on the radio that Cole has lost every day game he has pitched for the Rangers. Maybe he just doesn’t do heat well?

        • JacobMcCandles

          On the other hand Cole has been very good on the road

          • GoRangers23

            Maybe it is because he is getting out of Texas heat?

  • WhoKnowscs

    All good . . . Choo got his streak taken care of and Rangers finished the game early!

  • WhoKnowscs

    JD’s going to have to hire Boras to sell his damaged goods in trades.

    • JacobMcCandles

      JD does Nieman Marcus not Wal-Mart

      • WhoKnowscs

        JD is more Bud’s Discount City.

        https://www.google.com/search?q=buds+discount+city

        • WhoKnowscs

          “BUD’s Discount City specialized in selling defective, overstock, and returned merchandise”

          • GoRangers23

            That’s a perfect analogy!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ironically Buds is owned by Wally World

  • WhoKnowscs

    Are we sure Hamels and Moore didn’t switch jerseys before the game?

    • GoRangers23

      It’s truly mind boggling isn’t it?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo now has the highest batting average on the team.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros score ten runs again..12th time they have scored double digits….leads AL