"It's a great thing," Andrus said. "As a player, that's what you're hoping for when you get here, a chance to stay with a team you love. I wanted to stay with the team that gave me an opportunity and that's the Texas Rangers. Everybody knows I love this team. They were the first team to give me the opportunity to be in the big leagues.
"It never came out of my mouth that I want to go to free agency. I never said that. It was more rumors than anything."
Andrus is represented by agent Scott Boras, who has a reputation for taking his players to free agency and not doing long-term contracts before then. Andrus, entering his fifth season, is currently signed through 2014. The new contract prevents him from becoming a free agent after that season. It's an eight-year deal that includes an option that allows Andrus to terminate the contract after four years.
But that still means he is now signed through at least 2018. Andrus said it was more important for him to stay with the Rangers under the security of a long-term contract rather than become a free agent after 2014. He made that clear to Boras.
"We're the boss," Andrus said. "I know everybody thinks that about Scott, but it's different if you're the one in that position. He works for us. I know he tries to get the best deal that he can, but it comes down to my choice and what's better for me and my family."
Rangers officials have yet to comment on the extension, but second baseman Ian Kinsler said, "It's well deserved. It's something he has worked hard for. I'm happy for him."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.