Elvis Andrus is staying in Texas because he wants to win a World Series with the team that brought him to the major leagues.
Scott Boras, the agent who loves to have his clients test free agency, is fine with that.
The Rangers on Thursday announced a new contract that could keep the two-time All-Star shortstop in Texas for another decade. Andrus is guaranteed $120 million over an additional eight seasons through 2022, with a vesting option for 2023.
"I think as a player I treat myself as a winner and if I don't get my ring and I don't get this city a ring and this organization a ring, I won't sleep," said Andrus, a 24-year-old already in his fifth major league season with two trips to the World Series. "I love everything here. I love Texas. They treat me well."
Andrus could have become a free agent after the 2014 season, and now that can't happen until 2018 through an opt-out clause in the new deal that gives him a $2 million signing bonus. The Rangers also have limited trading power, whereas long-term deals usually include no-trade clauses.
"Elvis' thing is he wanted fairness and he wanted to stay here," Boras said. "He wanted to work out a deal, and his goal is to win with this team and win with this community. He's very comfortable here, and it's really nice that you can get a contract structure where you can keep a player where he wants to play because it doesn't often work out that way."
Andrus will get $15 million per season from 2015 to 2018 -- when he turns 30 -- and the salary is the same through the first two years of a player option. With the two years left on his current deal at more than $11.2 million, Andrus would earn more than $131 million over 10 seasons.
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