Feb 26, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) makes a play during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Could Look To Target Elvis Andrus Next Offseason

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Texas Rangers could be looking to trade shortstop Elvis Andrus following this season if they are unable to work out a long-term deal.

The Texas Rangers have twice tried to lock up All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus to a long-term contract and are expected to make one more run at it this year, but people familiar with their thinking suggest that if the Rangers can’t secure him to a multiyear deal they will likely trade him in “10 to 12 months.”

That means there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be on the block next winter — which would open a spot for Jurickson Profar, who’s considered by many to be baseball’s top prospect but appears caught in a tight squeeze this year for a roster spot.

I think an Elvis Andrus-type deal was what Dave Dombrowski was hoping for this offseason as he took calls regarding Rick Porcello, but nothing of that magnitude developed. Shortstop is going to be a huge position of need next season when Jhonny Peralta hits free agency and none of the Tigers’ prospect options are quite ready for the big leagues.

The Tigers look to be facing the same “too many starters” problem a year from now and would appear to be very willing to move a pitcher to fill the hole at shortstop.

Andrus would bring the youth — and the high-quality defense — that would make him an attractive “shortstop of the future”, but he’d only have one year of team control remaining so the Tigers would likely want to push for a quick extension.

Porcello, on the other hand, would have two years of team control remaining and would be a hot commodity on the trade market should he take a big step forward with his performance this year. Even so, the Tigers would probably be asked to throw in another piece or two in order to satisfy the Rangers in a potential Andrus swap.

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  • chrisHannum

    I completely agree. He isn’t an MVP or anything, but he’s exactly the kind of guy that the Tigers want, need and cannot find elsewhere. In fact… the Tigers might want to plan ALL of their significant moves over the next 9 months with an eye to acquiring Andrus. Whenever I hear this kind of thing from a front office (and here I’m talking about Texas) the coded announcement is “we’re not going to be willing to pay him anything close to what he wants” and “fans, get ready to say goodbye” accompanied by “and blame it on him and his money-grubbing agent”.

    I actually think that Andrus might be available sooner than next offseason… Heyman and everybody else who analyzes the Andrus/Profar situation in Texas talks about the possibility of moving one or the other to another position, but a huge chunk of their value is tied up in their position. Andrus would go from a 4-win infielder to a 2-win outfielder. The only rational move would be to deal one for value (and they both have a ton of it), Andrus is the obvious one to move for financial reasons. I’d figure that as soon as Profar has proven that he is already ready to match Andrus’ contributions at the big-league level Andrus will be (officially or unofficially) on the block. Absolutely no way that Porcello fetches Andrus by himself, but Scherzer might… (or as the Detroit end of a 3-way deal)

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.holcombe.100 John Holcombe

    Tigers should go for Profar now.

    • chrisHannum

      I don’t think Profar would be dealt for anything less than Verlander (straight up) right now – top-5 prospects are going to be assumed to be the next Mike Trout until proven otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/GaryVanDecar51 Gary VanDecar

    To late the Rangers just extended Andrus for 8 years all together.

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