Texas Rangers Need to Trade Jurickson Profar At The Deadline
By Andrew Webb
The saga of utility infielder Jurickson Profar continues in Arlington. The 24-year-old has not found a role in Texas, and the team needs to move him at the trade deadline while he still has value. What kind of return could the Rangers get for Profar?
It’s clear that Jurickson Profar is the odd man out in the Texas Rangers infield. He’s been unable to stick in Arlington and has moved from Triple-A to the MLB bench all season long. It’s time to end this game and for the Rangers to get as much as possible for Profar.
This season in 22 games Profar is hitting .172 with 5 RBI in 58 at-bats with the Rangers. His numbers in Triple-A are much better hitting .303 with two home runs and 26 RBI in 50 games at Round Rock.
The current Rangers infield is crowded and it looks like unless an injury happens Profar is out of a starting job. An outfield spot could open up in the off-season if Carlos Gomez signs elsewhere, but Profar’s lack of arm strength doesn’t make him a great fit in the outfield.
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The best move now would be for the Rangers to get what they can for Profar. His value has dropped significantly since he was a top prospect in the Rangers farm system. A boatload of injuries and lack of success have heavily damaged Profar’s value.
At the very least something is better than nothing, and that’s what the team is getting from Profar right now. They optioned him back to Triple-A and activated Elvis Andrus off the paternity list. The final question remains is what kind of value does Profar still offer?
It’s not much to be realistic, but the fact he’s only 24 years old helps. Also Profar plays just about every position and that’s a huge asset for every team. The success hasn’t been there for Profar, but he’s better off elsewhere than in Triple-A Round Rock.
If the Rangers still believe they can grab a Wildcard spot then moving Profar for bullpen help must happen. They won’t get an All-Star reliever, but someone with late inning experience is greatly needed in Arlington.
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It’s a bummer that the Profar experiment had to end this way, but it’s the best solution for Texas. The organization could possibly get bullpen help, and Profar would get everyday playing time elsewhere. It’s time for General Manager Jon Daniels to make the call, and get Texas the help they desperately need.