Texas Rangers: Is it Time to Trade Jurickson Profar?

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Apr 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Jurickson Profar (19) smiles as he throws the ball infield after making a catch against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Jurickson Profar (19) smiles as he throws the ball infield after making a catch against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rangers fans don’t want to see utility infielder Jurickson Profar leave, but it might be time to make a move. Has the young infielder played his last game in Arlington?

At one point Jurickson Profar was the top prospect in the Texas Rangers farm system. Injuries and lack of consistently have hindered Profar’s performance in the MLB thus far. He’s only 24 years old, but he could offer more to another organization.

This season Profar is hitting .135 with three RBI in 15 games with Texas. He was sent to Triple-A Round Rock recently, and has found his groove. Through eight games, Profar is hitting .303 with ten hits.

The fact of the matter is Profar has become the odd man out in 2017. Contract extensions to the middle infielders have ended that discussion. Joey Gallo and Adrian Beltre are likely the corner infielders for the next few seasons.

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The outfield isn’t less crowded, and Profar is wasting his talent as a bench option or fourth outfielder. On many rebuilding organizations, Profar could be an everyday player, and have the ability to grow and learn while playing regularly.

The Rangers have holes that could be filled by trading a promising young infielder like Profar. Both Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez are on one-year deals without reliable replacements behind them.

The starting rotation and bullpen could use a boost, especially if Yu Darvish decides to test free agency. This organization has plenty of future holes that could be filled by trading Profar now. Yes, maybe Profar could replace Gomez next season, but would that help the Rangers?

It’s no secret that Profar has a weak arm and limited range in the outfield. He’s best suited for a middle infield role, and that won’t be available anytime soon in Arlington. The best move is for Texas to trade Profar while he still has decent value.

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That way the organization can get future pieces to not only help now, but for 2017 and beyond. We all want to see Profar succeed with the Rangers, but let’s get realistic. Trading Profar can offer more to the organization, and that should be general manager Jon Daniels plan this summer.

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