That’s Amaury News and Commentary: A’s releasing veterans-Looking 2023

Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A’s hits a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Sun Aug 17, 2022 against the Houston Astros (AP News photo)

A’s Releasing Veterans – Looking to 2023

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Today the Oakland A’s released their veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus was batting .237 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 106 games in his second season with Oakland. He was acquired by the A’s from the Texas Rangers on Feb. 6, 2021 with Aramis Garcia for Khris Davis, Jonah Heim and Dane Acker and hit .243 with three home runs and 37 RBI in 146 games in his A’s debut last year.

The 33-year-old is a two-time All-Star (2010, 12) and left as the Rangers all-time leader in stolen bases (305). He also ranked second in games (1652), at bats (6366) and triples (48), third in runs (893) and hits (1743), fifth in doubles (303) and walks (519), seventh in RBI (636) and eighth in extra base hits (427).

Andrus has played 1,872 career games in the field, all at shortstop, which is the fifth longest career-opening streak of appearing only at shortstop in Major League history behind Derek Jeter (2674), Luis Aparicio (2583), Ozzie Smith (2511) and Alan Trammell (1910).

He is a .270 career hitter with 87 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,904 games in 14 seasons in the majors. Andrus is the active leader in stolen bases (324), is tied for fourth in triples (50), ranks sixth in hits (1948) and games (1904) and ninth in runs (994).

Elvis Andrus did a good job for the A’s, specially this year, However, if Nick Allen continues to show progress, he is more than likely their starting shortstop next season.

Other veterans that have recently gotten their release are: Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty. Stephen Vogt could be next since the team just promoted their catcher prospect Shea Langeliers, from the minor leagues. The team is trying out all their young players during the last two months of the current season, to evaluate what they will have on hand for the 2023 season.

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