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Report: Athletics acquire Elvis Andrus from Rangers for Khris Davis

The A’s shore up their middle infield, while the Rangers get another power hitter to pair with Joey Gallo.

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) throws to first on a ground out by Oakland Athletics third baseman Vimael Machin (39) during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field. Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have reportedly acquired shortstop Elvis Andrus from the Texas Rangers in exchange for outfielder Khris Davis, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal also adds that there are multiple players involved in this trade. For the Rangers, they will be receiving catcher Jonah Heim and right-handed pitcher Dane Acker. As for the Athletics, they are getting $13.5 million and catcher Aramís García, per Jeff Wilson. Oakland will reportedly use the cash to upgrade their bullpen with Spring Training on the horizon.

The Athletics needed to make a move at shortstop as they didn’t bring back Marcus Semien, who signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Andrus only played in 29 games last season due to back injuries. The veteran infielder slashed .194/.252/.330 with three home runs and seven RBI.

Andrus spent 12 seasons in Texas, where he was named an All-Star twice and finished second in the AL Rookie of Year race. The 32-year-old from Venezuela is in the seventh year of an eight-year, $120 million deal that he signed in 2015.

Davis provides the Rangers with another power hitter to add their lineup. The 33-year-old slashed .220/.303/.329 with two home runs and 10 RBI last season with the Athletics. Davis spent the last five seasons in Oakland, where he had three-straight seasons with 40-plus home runs. Davis is in the final year of a two-year, $33.5 million deal.