Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has cleared waivers and is now eligible to be traded to any team, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Knobler notes that the Rangers have no intention of trading Andrus, and that his clearing of waivers comes as no surprise.
Andrus, 24, has had a disappointing 2013 season, hitting .255 with 1 HR and 40 RBI in 118 games for the Rangers. He signed an 8-year, $120 million extension before the season, and his high price tag means that no team was willing to put in a claim once he hit the waiver wire.
Prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, the Rangers were reportedly willing to move anyone, including Andrus, but instead decided to add available players like Matt Garza and Alex Rios in the past couple of months. Because they currently sit two games ahead of the Athletics in the AL West, it is extremely unlikely that the Rangers move Andrus, whose speed and excellent defense will be key to their playoff run.
Andrus joins a long list of players who have cleared waivers and are eligible to be dealt before August 31st, but the chances of him leaving Texas are considered extremely slim. To keep track of who has cleared waivers, check out our waiver-wire tracker.