(670 The Score) White Sox shortstop Elvis Andrus would like to re-sign with the club for the 2023 season and is willing to shift to second base to help make that happen, he told Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score on Saturday morning.
Andrus, 34, has only played shortstop in his MLB career. That’s also the position he has filled for the White Sox since he signed with them in August after being released by the Athletics, but Tim Anderson is Chicago’s entrenched shortstop when healthy. With that in mind, Andrus is open to the idea of shifting to second base, which has been a hole for the White Sox in recent years.
“It’s big,” Andrus said when asked about his interest level in returning to the White Sox in 2023. “I feel that now being here and kind of tasting a little bit of the vision, the competition, I really get addicted. For sure, I’m going to my free agency for the first time in my career, so I’ve never been through that process. But you kind of get to enjoy that too, you know. But at the same time, I would love to come back here. I’ve said that to a few of my teammates, to my manager Miguel Cairo right now. So yeah, the chances are very high, for sure. We have to wait to see how things end up in the offseason, but there’s a big chance for me. I would love to come back here and compete and play. Even if I have to switch positions, I’ll be more than happy.
Because I know the level of talent on this team is huge. Having everybody healthy and with a few guys coming back, I think it would be a really good team to be a part of.”
While the White Sox (76-75) have been a disappointment as a team and are about to be officially eliminated from the playoff race, Andrus has made a big impact with his strong hitting, superb defense and high baseball IQ on a club that has lacked that trait too often. Andrus was hitting .309 with six homers, 22 RBIs and an .840 OPS in 32 games with Chicago entering play Saturday.
Andrus is set to be a free agent in November.