ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
In two more years, Elvis Andrus will be a free agent. Just the thought of that strikes fear into many Texas Rangers fans, and with good reason.
Andrus has become one of the faces of the Rangers franchise, and is arguably the top young middle infielder in the game. At just 24 years old, he'll still be in the prime of his athletic career come free agency, and who knows how much better he'll be by that point.
The scariest part about his pending free agency, which yes, is still two years away, is that his agent is Scott Boras, otherwise known as the "baseball antichrist." Boras' clients almost never sign with their previous team when they hit free agency and usually take the most money available, which as we know from the Rangers' way of business -- albeit smart -- probably won't be from the Rangers.
Andrus spoke to Ben & Skin on ESPN 103.3 FM on Wednesday about the contract situation, and there's really nothing to take from what he said, but Rangers fans can take solace in at least one thing -- he seems to be happy in Arlington.
"I think everybody has to be on the same page to get there," Andrus told the radio station. "I'm happy. I've still got two more years on my contract, and then we'll see what happens. We're still talking about it. That's all I can say. For sure, I would love to stay here. Hopefully, I can stay here for a long time."
Make no mistake, though. The Rangers have their replacement for Andrus in 19-year-old shortstop Jurickson Profar, who just happens to be the top prospect in all of baseball. You may remember him from when he homered in his first big-league at-bat last September. Between those two and Ian Kinsler, one of the three will eventually have to go, most likely. Kinsler's locked up for a long time. So is Profar.
What would you do if you're the Rangers' front office? Andrus is going to want a long-term deal, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of a 10-year deal, which isn't a crazy thought for a guy that will be 26 when he hits free agency.