From that Baseball America story on Elvis Andrus that I referred to yesterday:

“I really think he’s going to be special,” said one scout from a National League club about Andrus. “To me, he’s the next Hanley Ramirez. And I think there’s power in the bat, even though a lot of people doubt him. He has such limited experience, but look at the numbers in the minor leagues. Defensively, Andrus is as good or better than Hanley and he has the chance to be the full package.”

As a 19-year-old in the Florida State League, Ramirez hit .310/.364/.389 with just one home run and the power didn’t begin to emerge until he was in Double-A later that season and into the 2005 season.

It was after that 2005 season that Boston’s willingness to trade Ramirez made Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell Red Sox, rather than Rangers.

I’m envisioning Andrus in Texas one day, but if there’s a day in the future when his development enables the Rangers to go get the game’s best available young starting pitcher, I’m down with that, too.

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Jamey, would you help us out here? If Yanks offer A-Rod more money, would that be a new contract? Would we be out the annual payment to the neighborhood bullies?

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