POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:34pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:51pm
Arlington, Tx (Texas Rangers Media Release) — The Texas Rangers formally announced today that the club has signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to an eight-year contract extension through 2022 with a vesting option for 2023. The extension is in addition to his current contract that runs through the 2014 season.
Andrus, 24, went 4-for-13 (.308) with 2 triples, 2 runs, an RBI and walk in the club’s season-opening 3-game series in Houston this week. He is in his fifth major league season and has the second-most games (604) of any Ranger since the start of the 2009 campaign.
He has played 638 total games in the regular season and postseason since 2009, 10th-most in the major leagues in that span. Andrus already has the second-highest hit total (623) of any shortstop in club history.
An All-Star in 2010 and 2012, Andrus is one of just 11 shortstops in major league history with multiple appearances in the Midsummer Classic before turning 24 years old. He is one of only eight players in the modern era (since 1900) with four seasons of 145-or-more games at the age of 23-or-younger.