Tuesday, April 2, 2013
What happens to Profar?
By Doug Mittler
The Texas Rangers reportedly are on the verge of a bold and very expensive commitment to All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus. So where does that leave top prospect Jurickson Profar?
The Rangers and Andrus are nearing an eight-year deal that could be for as much as $120 million. The extension gives Andrus the option of opting out after four years and includes an unspecified vesting option for a ninth season, sources confirmed to ESPNDallas.com.
A deal with Andrus only increases the chances of Profar moving from shortstop to second, with second baseman Ian Kinsler eventually moving to first. The question may no longer if, but when.
Profar was the subject of numerous trade rumors over the winter, including a possible deal with Arizona involving Justin Upton, but the Rangers balked at any blockbuster deal. The 20-year0old Profar, who got a taste of the big leagues in September, hit just .239 in Cactus League play and was reassigned to minor league camp last week. It will be interesting to see if Profar ends up playing some second base at Triple-A Round Rock as soon as this week.
Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com adds the Rangers could eventually trade Profar for a player such as Rays left-hander David Price or Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom could be available at some point.
ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney gives his take on Profar in Tuesday's blog:
Richard DurrettProfar’s future
"So what does it mean for Jurickson Profar and the infield situation? Well, it increases the club's options. Now that Andrus is signed up for the long haul, the team can consider dealing Profar for a big-time player -- think Giancarlo Stanton or David Price, for example -- without the worry that they might not have a shortstop if they do. Profar is a valuable asset, considered by many to be the top prospect in the game. If you trade him, it has to be for something big. Perhaps that's at the trade deadline or next winter. The Rangers could, of course, keep Profar in the organization. They could consider moving Ian Kinsler to the outfield or first base (if Mitch Moreland struggles) and put Profar at second base. Maybe that's some point this season or more likely after this season. But it would put Profar in the infield and allow him to grow and see what he can do."
Buster OlneyImpact of Andrus deal
"It's kind of a no-brainer, actually. Talent evaluators believe that Jurickson Profar is best suited to play second base, and given his age and his potential, it'll make all the sense in the world for the Rangers to establish him at second sometime in the next calendar year.”