MLB notes: Rangers' Andrus gets rich with eight-year extension

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus prepares to tag out Oakland Athletics' Cliff Pennington as he...

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus prepares to tag out Oakland Athletics' Cliff Pennington as he attempts to steal second base in the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas September 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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Elvis Andrus will stay a member of the Texas Rangers -- and a wealthy one at that -- for the next few years.

The star shortstop officially signed an eight-year contract extension Thursday with the Rangers, a deal worth a reported $120 million. He can also opt out of the deal after four years, which would lower the value to $60 million.

"I want to keep going out there and trying to get a ring," Andrus said. "I want to keep my focus. You want security for your life, for your family.

"My main goal is to win a championship."

After giving second baseman Ian Kinsler an extension last year, the Rangers have their middle infield locked up through the 2017 season.

You don't get too many star-calibre, homegrown 24-year-old players," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, "that are going to have the options he's going to have when he hits free agency. So we were willing to do something we don't normally do."

Andrus hit .286 with three home runs and 62 RBIs last season.

JETER MAY RETURN

May Day could be a good day for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have circled May 1 on their calendar for the return of future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, according to CBSSports.com. The Yankees haven't officially given a timetable for Jeter's return from ankle surgery.

Jeter hoped to be ready for opening day but suffered a setback on March 19 when he experienced stiffness in the ankle, which was broken during the American League Championship Series last fall.

The Yankees will remain cautious during Jeter's rehab but expect him to regain his starter's status when he does return.

"Our expectation is that he is going to be an everyday player again," Girardi told reporters. "When is that, we're concerned about, and how long it takes for him to get through what he needs to get through to be that everyday player."

MARCUM ON MEND?

Injured New York Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum might finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Marcum had an MRI done on his neck, which revealed nerve inflammation, according to multiple reports. He also got a series of injections to calm the inflammation and told to rest for 48 hours.

Marcum was put on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week after failing to pitch in a simulated game in Florida because of neck pain. He's also been dealing with tendinitis in his right biceps and got a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last week.

The Mets were hoping Marcum would be able to start Sunday against the Miami Marlins but Aaron Laffey is expected to pitch instead.

FINGERS AUCTIONS HONOURS

Looking to buy a Cy Young or MVP award?

Then former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Rollie Fingers is your man.

Fingers is auctioning the Cy Young and MVP awards he won in 1981 up for auction, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. The awards are reportedly the originals, not replicas.

Also up for purchase are his 1981 American League Relief Pitcher of the Year ring and other items from his Hall of Fame career.

The auction will be held April 10-27.

BRIEFLY

The Cleveland Indians put pitcher Scott Kazmir on the DL because of an abdominal strain and called up hot prospect Trevor Bauer from triple-A Columbus. Bauer was sent to the minors on March 21 ... The Yankees released veteran reliever David Aardsma after designating him for assignment last week. The Yanks still owe Aardsma $500,000 after they exercised their 2013 option on his deal in November ... Former Detroit closer Jose Valverde signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers. Valverde saved 35 games last season before the Tigers allowed him to walk as a free agent.


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