Elvis Andrus was clear that he was frustrated with his lack of playing time recently with the Oakland A’s. It seemed to be a matter of time before he was next on the chopping block.
That time has come. After rumblings last night that Andrus was next in line, the A’s finally made that move as their shortstop has been released. Sheldon Neuse is back in his place.
Elvis Andrus not doing himself favors with Oakland A’s
One can certainly understand Andrus’ frustrations. His $15 million option for 2023 vests if he reaches 550 plate appearances this season. That decreased playing time has made it unlikely that he will reach that threshold to trigger the option.
At the same time, the A’s are looking ahead to the future. Not only are they not going to contend this year, or in 2023, but it could be some time before that happens. In order to get to that point, they need to see what they have with their prospects, leaving veterans such as Andrus, who are not part of the future, behind.
The A’s have started that process over the past couple of days. Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty have been let go already as both were not producing and were unable to be moved at the trade deadline. Other veteran players are certain to follow as the A’s continue to see which prospects can still be pieces for the future.
Nonetheless, this move will likely spark a battle with the Player’s Union. Andrus had been close to the pace needed to reach that threshold, and his decreased playing time appeared to be a way to mitigate that risk. At the same time, Andrus was one of their better hitters. The A’s may need to find a way to justify his release outside of a desire to save money for next year.
The Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to move on from Elvis Andrus. That moment happened on Wednesday morning as he was let go.