Sporting one of the best smiles in all of baseball, and the game to back it up, Elvis Andrus was and still is adored by Rangers fans. It was hard to watch him go to the Oakland A's before the 2021 season, but it was a move that was best for both parties. After a run of 12 seasons as the team's shortstop and two trips to the World Series, it was time to part ways. Part of the trade package that the Rangers received in return for Andrus was All-Star catcher Jonah Heim. Andrus has played the last season and a half for the Chicago White Sox. At 35 years old, his time in the major leagues is dwindling, but Elvis can still play and would be a good fit for a contender needing some leadership and depth, or perhaps a young team looking for a mentor to some youngsters.
Many baseball experts had Jurickson Profar as the number one ranked prospect in all of baseball way back in 2012. Needless to say, the switch-hitting middle infielder at the time, has not lived up to those high expectations. He is a solid player, but not what one would expect from someone with so much hype associated with him. Finally, in December 2018, the Rangers parted with Profar in a three-team trade with Oakland and Tampa Bay. The Rangers still have Brock Burke who was acquired in the deal. Profar has spent the last few seasons mainly with the San Diego Padres along with a short stint in Colorado. It was rumored that he might rejoin the Rangers before last season as the team was looking for a left fielder, but with prospects Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford fighting their way to Arlington that ship has surely sailed.
The 34-year-old veteran, Robbie Grossman, had played for five different big league clubs before signing a one-year contract with the Rangers before last season. While his numbers weren't off the charts, he played a big role for the team in getting that first World Series title. Grossman is not the best defender, but he does give his team a quality at-bat every time he steps into the box. There might not be room on the current Rangers club for Grossman to rejoin them, but wherever he ends up will be getting a quality teammate and a hard-nosed baseball player. Grossman plays the game the right way, and it was a pleasure having him in Arlington last season.