Texas Rangers: Three potential offseason trade pieces

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 24: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day at Globe Life Field on July 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 24: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day at Globe Life Field on July 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus
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Elvis Andrus

In recent news, the Texas Rangers announced that Gold Glove-winning third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa will have the opportunity to start at shortstop next season. Unfortunately for Elvis Andrus, this likely signifies the beginning of the end of his 12-year run in Texas.

Andrus has spent the entirety of his 12-year MLB career with the Rangers, and this news is rather bittersweet. There’s no question that Andrus holds a special place in the hearts of Rangers fans.

Andrus was once seen as the face of this franchise. In fact, he took over at shortstop 12 years ago for the beloved Ranger, Michael Young. Add in his playful rapport with Adrian Beltre, it was only fitting that Andrus took part in a ceremony to honor the closing of Globe Life Park.

Unfortunately for Andrus, there’s also no question that Kiner-Falefa is the future of this franchise. The 32-year-old Andrus is still a plus-defender, pesky contact hitter, and a threat on the basepaths. After a 2020 campaign in which he hit only .194 in 29 games, the value may be lower than it should be.

Still, the Rangers could turn Andrus into multiple prospects for a contending team in need of a veteran shortstop presence. Fortunately for the Rangers, Andrus is a plus-defender at every infield spot. The Oakland Athletics are uncertain about the futures of Marcus Semien and Tommy La Stella, and the New York Yankees may be in need of infield depth.