Chirinos, the primary starting catcher, had a $4.5 million option for next season. That decision Friday was a bit of a surprise while the Rangers were expected to let pitchers Doug Fister, Matt Moore and Martin Perez become free agents.
General manager Jon Daniels said shortstop Elvis Andrus, at 30 the team’s longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Texas, wasn’t opting out of his contract. Andrus is halfway through a $120 million, eight-year deal that offered him the opportunity to opt for free agency this offseason. He also has that option next year.
Andrus hit .297 this season, when he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career. He missed two months after because of a fractured right elbow after getting hit by a pitch in April.