General manager Jon Daniels indicated to Peter Gammons of MLB Network that the Texas Rangers are not interested in trading shortstop Elvis Andrus.
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It was recently reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Rangers would look to trade Andrus next offseason if they were unable to reach a long-term contract extension with the shortstop. Considering Texas reportedly isn't overly optimistic about reaching an agreement with Andrus -- a Scott Boras client -- a trade appeared to be on the horizon, based on Heyman's report.
However, Daniels told Gammons that Texas isn't interested in breaking up their "strengths." He feels one of the team's "biggest strengths is the left side" of the infield, which includes Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Despite Daniels' comments, trade rumors involving Andrus will likely continue considering the presence of top prospect Jurickson Profar. With Profar in the fold, the Rangers are better suited than most to trade away their young regular at short.
Andrus is only 24 years old, but he's already spent four seasons -- and 601 games -- in the majors. He turned in his best effort last year, hitting .286/.349/.378 with 31 doubles, nine triples, three home runs and 21 stolen bases in 31 attempts over 711 plate appearances.