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Texas Rangers Rumors: 5 Reasons Why Elvis Andrus Should Not Be Traded

Texas Rangers Rumors: 5 Reasons Why Elvis Andrus Should Not Be Traded

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As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the speculation grows that Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels might trade shortstop Elvis Andrus to open up the logjam in the middle infield and continue adding premium pitching prospects. But even with a pair of talented infielders, Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar, waiting in the wings, it would be risky starting both players next season. Here are five reasons why the Rangers should not trade Andrus.

5. Low Trade Value

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5. Low Trade Value

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With an eight-year, $ 120 million contract extension that begins next year, and a composite WAR -- the formula used to gauge a players total value -- ranking Andrus 12th among the 25 qualifiers at shortstop this season, it's highly doubtful any team will raid its farm system of top prospects for an underachieving shortstop.

4. Late Bloomer

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4. Late Bloomer

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A two-time All-Star who has played in a pair of World Series, Andrus is a career .273 hitter who is still just 25 years old. While he has had mediocre first halves the past two seasons, the former Futures Game participant batted .313 the second half of last year.

3. Durability

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3. Durability

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Andrus has become a fixture on skipper Ron Washington's lineup card and averaged 157 games over the past two years heading into this season. Since becoming the Rangers' full-time shortstop in 2009, the Venezuela native has played in 862 games while missing just 54 contests.

2. Top Baserunner

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2. Top Baserunner

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One of the elite base stealers in all of baseball, Andrus was the 10th player in major-league history to steal 20 bases prior to his 21st birthday. The Rangers' all-time stolen base leader, the speedy middle infielder swiped 42 bases in 2013 and has 185 career steals in less than six seasons.

1. Defensive Wizard

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1. Defensive Wizard

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After leading all AL shortstops with defensive miscues in 2011, the smooth-fielding Andrus committed just 30 errors over 299 games during the the next two seasons. He is an elite defender with a cannon-like arm who saves a ton of runs with his ability to reach ground balls that most shortstops can't even get to.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.