A source confirmed that the Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year contract extension worth approximately $14.5 million. The deal is pending Andrus passing a physical.
The deal wipes out all three of Andrus' arbitration years but does not include any option years that could prevent him from becoming a free agent before 2015.
Andrus, 23, who is represented by Scott Boras, had been seeking $3.6 million in his first year of arbitration, and the Rangers submitted a 2012 contract figure of $2.65 million. Andrus, a three-year starter, was named to the 2010 American League All-Star team as a reserve shortstop and has played a key role in both the Rangers' World Series appearances the past two seasons.
The Rangers had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing in Tampa, Fla., with Andrus on Thursday, but the club could be headed to its first hearing since February of 2000 with Mike Napoli or Nelson Cruz.
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The Rangers are $2 million apart from Cruz (offered $5.5 million, asking for $7.5 million) and differ with Napoli by $3.2 million (offered $8.3 million, asking for $11.5 million). Cruz would go to a hearing Feb. 15 and Napoli on Feb. 17 if deals can't be struck.
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