Texas Rangers rumors: Elvis Andrus will not opt out of his contract and become an MLB free agent, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter. Elvis has 4 years and $58 million remaining on the 8 year, $120 million extension he signed five and a half years ago.
This isn’t a surprise, as indications for a while have been that Elvis wouldn’t exercise the opt-out, and he has consistently said that he wants to spend his entire career in Texas. At this point last year, it appeared likely that the opt-out would be exercised, given that he was coming off two very strong offensive seasons, and appeared well-positioned to get a raise. However, he had a down year in 2018, missing significant time with a broken arm and then struggling with the bat after his return. His 1.7 bWAR for 2018 was the third-lowest of his career, while his 1.2 fWAR was the worst of his career.
Elvis has the right to opt out after the 2019 season, and if he rebounds this coming year, we could see a situation where the Rangers extend his deal or give him a bonus in lieu of him actually testing the market.