Andrus Signs with ChiSox

The White Sox’ regular shortstop, Tim Anderson, will be out a while after undergoing hand surgery today. Thus, they need someone to fill in. Elvis Andrus just happened to be available after being released by the A’s yesterday. Today the obvious solution for both happened, with the Sox signing Andrus.

Andrus isn’t as good as Anderson, but he is at least competent. Plus, the White Sox only have to pay a prorated portion of league minimum for him. The A’s are now paying him to play for another team.

For Andrus, it’s quite the thing. He’s gone from getting cut by a last place team for griping about playing time in public to playing for a team that at least still has a shot at getting to the playoffs.

As a reminder, he has a $15M team option for next year, but it becomes a player option if he reaches 550 plate appearances. With 386 plate appearances so far, he will have to play nearly every day to get there. Part of the rant that got him cut by the A’s: “Everybody knows I’m an every day player.” He no doubt has that $15M very much in mind.

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