Texas Rangers trade Elvis Andrus to A’s for Khris Davis

Sep 12, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) throws to first on a ground out by Oakland Athletics third baseman Vimael Machin (39) during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers traded shortstop Elvis Andrus to the Oakland Athletics for designated hitter Khris Davis in a five-player swap Saturday.

The Rangers also sent catcher Aramis Garcia and cash considerations to the American League West rival A’s in exchange for Davis, catcher Jonah Heim and right-handed pitcher Dane Acker, the Rangers announced.

The Dallas Morning News said Texas was sending $13.5 million to Oakland.

The Rangers owed Andrus $28.5. million over the next two years. Davis is scheduled to earn $16.75 million in 2021, the final year of his contract.

Andrus, 32, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Rangers. He is a lifetime .274 hitter with 303 doubles, a franchise-record 305 stolen bases and 636 RBIs in 1,652 games. He was the American League Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2009 and made the All-Star team in 2010 and 2012.

Andrus ranks second in Texas history in games (1,652) and triples (48) and is third in runs (893) and hits (1,743). He is also the franchise’s all-time postseason leader in games (42), hits (46) and steals (nine) and was the only player remaining on the roster from back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Rangers chairman and managing partner Ray Davis issued a statement.

“On behalf of the Texas Rangers, I want to thank Elvis Andrus for the tremendous impact he has made on our organization over the last 12 years,” Davis said. “His play on the field, his connection to our fans, and his work in the community have played an integral part in shaping our franchise. He will forever be a member of the Texas Rangers family. We wish him the very best.”

The Rangers are expected to move Gold Glove second baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop for the 2021 season.

Davis, 33, led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018 and posted three straight 100-RBI seasons with Oakland from 2016-18. He batted .200 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 30 games last season. His career numbers include a .243 average, 218 homers and 580 RBIs in 938 games with the Milwaukee Brewers (2013-15) and A’s.

Garcia, 28, played 37 games with the San Francisco Giants from 2018-19 and batted .229 with six home runs and 14 RBIs.

Heim, 25, made his big-league debut last Aug. 25 and batted .211 with five RBIs in 13 games for Oakland.

Acker, 21, was a fourth-round pick by the A’s in the 2020 draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

–Field Level Media