Arizona Diamondbacks Sign 2-Time All-Star Infielder

The Arizona Diamondbacks have added some depth to their infield, signing former two-time All-Star veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus.

It's a a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training, where he'll compete with the likes of prospect Jordan Lawlar, Emmanuel Rivera,  Jace Peterson and fellow veteran Kevin Newman for backup duties behind Geraldo Perdomo at shortstop.

"He's been a proven winner, he's been a proven good player... He plays the game hard, he plays the game right," said manager Torey Lovullo of Andrus.

"There's nothing that's been promised to him," he added. "I told him to go out and play your game and let it fall where it may. What he will get are some opportunities to show us what he can do. That excites us."

The 35-year-old has spent 15 seasons in the major, with the Texas RangersOakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox. His 2,091 career hits ranks him third among active players, behind only Freddie Freeman and Joey Votto  (if the latter is, indeed, active this season—he remains an unsigned free agent.)

Last year, Andrus was with the Chicago White Sox where he split his time between short and second base, while batting .251 with 12 stolen bases and an OPS+ of 81.

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