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Rangers To Acquire Khris Davis From A’s For Elvis Andrus

In a rather stunning swap of veterans, prospects, and cash between divisional rivals, the Rangers are prepared to send long-time shortstop Elvis Andrus, catching prospect Aramis Garcia, and $13.5MM in cash to the Oakland A’s for outfielder/designated hitter Khris Davis, catcher Jonah Heim, and right-handed pitcher Dane Acker.

For the Rangers, this ends Andrus’ 12-year run as the starting shortstop. He was the last remaining connection to their back-to-back pennant-winning teams in 2010 and 2011. He was set to lose his starting shortstop job to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, but the thought had been that he would compete for the everyday third base job. Instead, he will have the opportunity to re-boot his career in Marcus Semien’s vacated position as Oakland’s primary shortstop. With more than 10 years of Major League experience, all of which had come in Texas, Andrus had accrued 10-and-5 rights, though he has apparently okayed the trade.

More analysis to come…

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal broke the initial news of the deal, as well as the inclusion of Jonah Heim and Dane Acker. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted news of Garcia’s inclusion in the deal, initially reported to be David Garcia instead of Aramis Garcia. ESPN’s Jeff Passan had the deal expanding beyond the initial framework of Andrus for Davis. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram added the exact amount of cash heading to Oakland.

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