As the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline passes, we often hear of some pretty big names heading through waivers in August. We’ve already seen one large trade take place in August, with Alex Rios headed to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later.
One of the bigger stories regarding waivers this week also involves the Rangers, who put Elvis Andrus through waivers. For some, the fact that he was sent through waivers came as a surprise, as he represents one of the better young shortstops in baseball.
Andrus hasn’t had the best of years, with his average falling down 30 points from last season, down to .255 this year. Though he hasn’t gotten on base quite as much, his other stats are still right in line, as he’s knocked in as many runs and stolen as many bases as his career averages would indicate that he should. His fielding percentage is also right around the norm.
That didn’t stop people from thinking that there was a chance he could be dealt. With Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, the Rangers could deal Andrus and keep Profar at shortstop, rather than continuing on with a position change. That doesn’t appear to be the case, though.
There isn’t any reason to worry about Andrus’ spot with the Rangers at this point. When Profar was on the cusp, and Andrus didn’t have a contract extension, there may have been a reason to worry. But locked in for the next decade, Andrus isn’t going anywhere.
It’s simply a common process in August, sending players through waivers. The most surprising fact here isn’t necessarily that Andrus went through waivers, but that no one actually claimed a young shortstop. Perhaps they had an indication that the Rangers had no intention of dealing him.