Oakland A’s get their shortstop with Elvis Andrus

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers lines up for play in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 04, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers lines up for play in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 04, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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The Oakland A’s had been in a difficult position as it came to rebuilding the middle of their infield. Not only were the top shortstops off the market, but the team did not have any money to spend in the first place. It seemed as though they would need to be creative in order to find an answer in the middle of their infield.

That solution came on Saturday. The A’s and Texas Rangers made a trade, with Elvis Andrus, prospect Aramis Garcia, and $13.5 million heading to Oakland for Khris Davis, Jonah Heim, and Dane Acker.

Oakland A’s have answer with Elvis Andrus

It is not a surprise that the Rangers would look to move Andrus. He was set to lose the starting shortstop position to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and with another $28.5 million due over the next two years, he was not a part of the plans in Arlington.

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A two time All Star, Andrus had struggled with the bat over the past three years, posting a combined .260/.306/.378 batting line in his 1187 plate appearances, hitting 21 homers and 52 doubles while stealing 39 bases. His once valued defense had also fallen off, as he actually cost the Rangers a run at short after leading the league with 26 runs saved in 2017.

This deal also saves the A’s some money as long as Andrus’ vesting option for 2023 does not come into play. The Rangers are essentially paying for one of his seasons, while taking on Davis and his $16.75 million in salary for 2021. In theory, the A’s could use those savings to add to their bullpen or bench.

Chances are, Andrus is going to serve as a stopgap until either Nick Allen‘s bat is major league ready, or if Robert Puason can quickly rise through the minors. Having Andrus for the 2023 season may not be a negative, especially if he can get back on track offensively.

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The Oakland A’s have their shortstop. Elvis Andrus is now on board, having been acquired for Khris Davis.

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