Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers (Getty Images)
With all this hot stove talk surrounding the Texas Rangers recently and the fact that there is pressure to change things up from the miserable 2012 season to get back to the successes of 2010 and 2011, pretty much anything but a deal for super prospect Jurickson Profar is on the table.
That includes the possibility of dealing one of the most beloved Rangers on the team, and one of the key pieces of the fabric of the organization, young shortstop Elvis Andrus
Andrus is 24 and is under contract for two more years with the Rangers, but he's a dreaded Scott Boras client, which means the likelihood of him re-signing with his club are low. So there's been talk of putting Andrus in a deal to acquire a top-flight starting pitcher such as Felix Hernandez or David Price, both of which would be hard to swallow for Rangers fans but they'd get over either pretty quickly when they started throwing 230 innings and striking out 220 batters.
One deal that's being tossed around by Boston media folks is a deal that would send Andrus to the Boston Red Sox for centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has played 74 and 18 games in two of the last three seasons, is another Boras client and is under contract for just one more season. So, no thanks.
Ellsbury was fantastic in 2011, when he hit .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs while stealing 39 bases and played in 158 games while finishing second in the AL MVP voting. In previous years, he's stolen 70 bases and led the league in triples. So yeah, he's a dominant, transcendent player when he's right, but that hasn't happened much lately.
When he did play in 2012, he wasn't very good and made Ian Kinsler's offensive struggles almost look good. In 74 games, Ellsbury hit .271 with four homers and 14 stolen bases. So yeah, this deal isn't going to happen. Don't worry, Rangers fans.