The Oakland Athletics released shortstop Elvis Andrus on Wednesday after he spent parts of two seasons with the club.
The move comes a few days removed of Andrus voicing his displeasure about the team’s decision to cut into his playing time.
“Everybody knows I’m an everyday player. So doing this, it’s not fun for me,” Andrus told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Of course I’m upset. I’m (angry) about it. But like I said, the best I can do is stay positive and wait for my turn and be ready whatever happens.”
Under the terms of Andrus’ contract, his $15 million club option for next season would convert to a player option if he were to total 550 plate appearances this season. He entered Wednesday with 386 for the Athletics (42-75), who have 45 games remaining in the season.
Andrus, 33, is batting .237 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 106 games this season.
A two-time All-Star, Andrus is a career .270 hitter with 87 homers and 703 RBIs in 1,904 games with the Texas Rangers and Oakland.
Also on Wednesday, the Athletics recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Neuse, 27, batted .227 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 70 games this season with the Athletics.
In 128 games, he has a .220 batting average with six homers and 32 RBIs with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland.
–Field Level Media