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It appears to be no secret that the Texas Rangers would be very willing to move Elvis Andrus with Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings.
Andrus is guaranteed a little more than $51 million over the next four seasons before having a player opt-out clause in 2018 and 2019.
The question in everyone's mind is what the Cardinals would have to give up for Andrus. Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides an interesting piece on a variety of scenarios to get Andrus into a Cardinal uniform.
Andrus doesn't provide much power but is a decent defender who is durable and has excellent speed. Andrus has played in at least 145 games in every year of his career and in 2013, stole a career-high 42 bases.
A fair trade for Andrus in my mind would be to give up Lance Lynn, and if it's a deal-killer, Matt Adams. It would be nice to get Andrus for Lynn straight up, but it won't happen. The Cardinals could put Taveras in right field to replace the departed Carlos Beltran and leave Jon Jay in center and Allen Craig at first.
So it is fair to say the Cardinals' interest in Andrus is legit.