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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Elvis Andrus not worried about deal

By Richard Durrett
ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Elvis Andrus said his agent, Scott Boras, has talked with the Texas Rangers this offseason about the possibility of a long-term deal.

But the 24-year-old shortstop, who has two years left on his current contract, doesn't appear concerned about any potential negotiations and will let the process play out.

"We're going to continue to talk," Andrus said. "We have to be on the same page. I've still got two more years. I'm not worried about it."

Andrus, batting No. 2 in the order, hit .286 with three homers and 62 RBIs in 2012. He has a career .275 average and 123 stolen bases in his four seasons as the Rangers' starting shortstop.

"I want to be here," Andrus said. "I love it here."

Andrus is due to make $4.8 million this year and $6.475 million next year. The two-time All-Star is answering questions about his contract now because prospect Jurickson Profar will be in camp this week and is Andrus' heir apparent if a new contract isn't signed.

The Rangers likely would want to know whether a long-term deal is possible so that they can decide if trading Andrus would make sense.

Boras' clients normally end up going to free agency to see what they're worth on the open market. But there have been exceptions, including Jered Weaver's recent deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

Andrus was asked whether he'd consider getting a deal from the Rangers now rather than wait.

"It's a lot of different things [to consider]," Andrus said. "A lot of those guys are married and they have kids. For me, it's a little different. I'm still super young, and I have no wife, no kids. I'm going to continue to play and let things flow."