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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Elvis Andrus signs 8-year extension

By Todd Wills
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus wants to win a World Series. And he wants to win it with the Rangers.

Bringing a world title to Texas, manager Ron Washington and his love for the Dallas-Fort Worth area highlighted the reasons Andrus gave for signing an eight-year, $120 million contract extension with the Rangers that was formally announced Thursday at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.

That and financial security for a rising superstar shortstop who all offseason was considered a sure thing to test free agency in 2014.

Instead Andrus is a Ranger at least through 2018 -- he has an opt-out in his contract at that point. That's what got the deal done, both sides agreed, in a negotiating compromise that Andrus' agent, Scott Boras, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels both described Thursday as "unusual."

"I want to keep going out there and trying to get a ring," Andrus said. "I want to keep my focus. You want security for your life, for your family.

"My main goal is to win a championship."

The Rangers have their middle infield secure through 2017 with second baseman Ian Kinsler signing an extension last year. Daniels made a point several times of saying the Rangers' focus is on winning this season and beyond.

"You don't get too many star-caliber, homegrown 24-year-old players," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, "that are going to have the options he's going to have when he hits free agency. So we were willing to do something we don't normally do."

Andrus and agent Boras both gave credit to Rangers manager Ron Washington, who helped develop the 24-year-old shortstop when he broke in with the club four years ago.

The Rangers have now signed extensions in the past 15 months with pitchers Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis as well as Kinsler.

"It's consistent with maintaining our core," Daniels said.

Andrus batted .286 with three home runs and 62 RBIs in 2012. He helped the Rangers make their first two World Series appearances in 2010 and '11. He has a career .275 average and 123 stolen bases in his four seasons as the Rangers' starting shortstop.

He has four hits in 13 at-bats this season, two of them triples.

Todd Wills cover the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com