Texas Rangers: Team Avoids Arbitration With Jurickson Profar
The Texas Rangers are keeping infielder Jurickson Profar at least for one more year. The two have agreed to a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration. However, it’s unclear what the future for Profar looks like. Overall, his career is not going the direction the Rangers were hoping for.
Last season, Profar played in only 22 games on the main roster. He eventually expressed his dissatisfaction with the organization and requested a trade. After the Texas Rangers did not meet his demand, he would go on to express his frustration, leading to him being benched. It was safe to say that the relationship between Profar and the organization was anything but positive.
The former No. 1 prospect had problems staying healthy, missing the 2014 and 2015 season with shoulder injuries. In the past two years, he’s spent most of his time in the minors. Profar will be 25 by the time the Rangers begin Spring Training. That being said, there’s still time for him to save his career. However, there’s no more time to waste. If he’s to save his career, the time is now.
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The two sides coming to an agreement on a deal to avoid arbitration does have a bit of meaning to it. It shows that the Rangers and Profar are on the same page. There’s still a possibility of Profar being traded but for the time being, he’s still a Texas Ranger.
Profar will be at Spring Training and he’ll be competing for a spot on the main roster. If Profar is able to be part of the Opening Day roster, it’ll show that he’s making tremendous progress in his quest to saving his career.
Our biggest expectation for Profar is for him to arrive in Spring Training focused, in good shape, and most important, he needs to be healthy. He’ll need to stay healthy, too.
Profar is probably expected to start the season in AAA Round Rock. However, if he does, he’ll need to play the best baseball he can down there as he can be called up to the majors at any time. He’ll need to be ready.