The Oakland A’s have an expensive problem in Elvis Andrus. For as much as they would love to move on from his contract, there are multiple reasons as to why that will not happen. For better or worse, he will be a part of the A’s lineup whenever the 2022 season begins.
Meanwhile, Andrus is close to unplayable at short. Not only is his production mediocre at best, but he has not been an asset defensively since 2018. Last year, he cost the A’s ten runs at short, a disappointing result for a team that is typically known for its defense. To make matters all the more frustrating, the A’s have one of the best defensive prospects in the game in Nick Allen on the cusp of reaching the majors.
A solution to the Elvis Andrus problem
There is a possible answer that could work for all parties. The A’s need to find a second baseman as they attempt to fill a roster decimated by free agency. While they could bring in a player who is close to major league ready in a trade, that may not be their best option just yet.
Instead, it may be worth exploring if Andrus can play second in 2022. It was an option that the Rangers were set to explore before he was traded to Oakland as they considered turning him into a utility player. However, that plan was scrapped when he was sent to the A’s in a swap of bad contracts.
This plan would also have some issues. Andrus has all of two innings of experience at second base in his professional career, both of which came as a 16 year old during his time in the Gulf Coast League in 2005. He would essentially have to learn the position in what could be an abbreviated spring training.
Nonetheless, it is clear that Andrus should not be at short any longer. His range has decreased, his errors have gone up, and his glove is not an asset. However, he could be passable at second, especially with a defensive marvel next to him in Allen.
The Oakland A’s are likely stuck with Elvis Andrus in 2022. They could make the most of that situation by moving him to second base.