Top 3 Landing Spots For Elvis Andrus

As the whole baseball world waits to see where the last remaining All-Star shortstop, Dansby Swanson, signs, there's still another former 2-time All-Star shortstop on the market. Albeit, far past his prime, but 34-year-old Elvis Andrus believes he can still help a major league team. 

In fact, he announced his frustration with his lack of playing time in Oakland last season, until they released him in August. Upon landing with the Chicago White Sox shortly thereafter, he went on to blast nine home runs and steal 11 bases in just 43 games, posting a .273 average with a .773 OPS. 

His All-Star seasons are far back in the rearview mirror (2010, 2012), but he can still perform. 

There are some teams who were left without a seat from the game of Shortstop Musical Chairs this past month that could use a veteran starter at the position. Here are 3 top landing spots for Elvis Andrus.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins were shattered to have lost Carlos Correa after all the noise he made about loving the team and really wanting to return. He turned down the Twins' $285M offer earlier this month (already far out of their comfort zone) to take $350M from the San Francisco Giants.

The Twins are pivoting to try and land Swanson, but if they fail, Andrus would provide a solid veteran presence, and fill their hole at short, at the very least until prospect Royce Lewis returns in July from yet another devastating injury. 

Atlanta Braves

If they lose their homegrown product Swanson, the Braves have given out vibes that they're happy to groom top youngster Vaughn Grissom for the job. But let's face it, it's World Series or bust for the Braves, and if Grissom isn't completely ready, they can't afford to struggle at the shortstop position. Andrus would be a great fallback.

Boston Red Sox

Another team that's looking to fill a massive hole at short, after the departure of 10-year veteran, and face of the franchise, Xander Bogaerts. Andrus wouldn't provide the same type of offense, but his defense at short has always been solid, with good range and a strong arm. It's a consolation prize for Red Sox fans, to be sure, but if they're not able to sign Swanson, it could be making the most of a bad situation. 

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