The Yankees are intrigued by the idea of adding Rangers' shortstop Elvis Andrus in a trade, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. It is currently unclear if the sides have talked about a deal involving Andrus, but it is likely that the Yankees will at least check in at some point in the near future.
Andrus, 26, hit .263/.314/.333 with two home runs in 157 games for Texas last season, the third straight year in which his offensive numbers declined by a significant margin. He is under team control for eight more seasons due to an eight-year, $120 million extension that he signed with Texas last April, and could be the young piece that the Yankees are looking for as they revamp their middle infield in the wake of Derek Jeter's retirement.
Andrus' contract is likely to make most teams wary of acquiring him, especially due to the offensive struggles that he has sustained since an All-Star campaign in 2011. The Rangers may have to kick in some significant money in order to move him in any deal, though the Yankees may be able to get him at a reduced prospect price if they are willing to take on most, if not all, of the contract.