Thursday, April 25, 2013
Potential Profar trade matches
By Jason A. Churchill
Whether or not the Texas Rangers decide to make Jurickson Profar available via trade remains to be seen, but the possibilities, while not endless, they are full of impact.
Earlier this month, ESPN Insider's Jim Bowden explained why Profar could be traded for St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras. Other big names tossed out as potential matches for the Rangers and a package starting with Profar include Tampa Bay left-hander David Price and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney told WEEI Radio Wednesday that he sees the Chicago Cubs as the favorites if the Rays put Price on the market, followed by the Cardinals. We have to believe, however, that if Profar were included, the Rays would have some level of interest in negotiating with the Rangers.
The Tale of the Tape of the three -- Price, Taveras and Stanton -- differ in terms of service time, present salary, chance for immediate impact as well as club control. Price is in year four, is earning just over $10 million this season and is scheduled to reach free agent status after the 2015 season. Stanton is a year behind Price and will not be eligible for arbitration until after this season. Taveras has yet to make his major-league debut, though he's expected to do so either later this season or perhaps right out of spring training next April.
It may also be worth noting, however, that the Mets could be players in some fashion for Profar, Stanton or Price, potentially using catcher Travis d'Arnaud and righht-hander Zack Wheeler as trade pieces. Wheeler has struggled early with his control and d'Aarnaud is out for two months with a foot injury.