Monday, November 10, 2014
COULD THE YANKEES SNAG ELVIS ANDRUS?
Name dropper Joel Sherman of the New York Post has written the latest nugget in Hot Stove land. It involves a perfect replacement at shortstop for Derek Jeter... it's Elvis Andrus.
"One shortstop that at least has the Yankees intrigued as they rev up their efforts to find Derek Jeter’s successor is Texas’ Elvis Andrus.
The Yankees would have to feel Andrus is a buy-low candidate whose downturn on both sides of the ball in 2014 was reversible and that, at 26, his best years are ahead of him."
Here's the problem though, and Sherman almost contradicts himself in the piece, and I say that because there has been plenty reported about how the Yankees don't want to spend alot this off season. If that story is true, than would this next line make sense for the Yankees? Check it out...
"...Andrus’ eight-year, $120 million extension does not even begin until next season and runs through at least 2022. Texas would love to unload that deal as it searches this market for starting pitching..."
All that is fine and good, but we're talking about $120 million that the Yankees would have to negotiate with the Rangers on, and then pay down a large portion of that contract most likely. While I love the idea of Elvis Andrus playing shortstop for the New York Yankees. I just don't know how the Yankees could do it.
By the way... I'm a huge fan of this Elvis: