Thursday, October 24, 2013
Could Mets swing deal for Profar?
By AJ Mass
Could the New York Mets end up with Jurickson Profar in their lineup at shortstop for the 2014 season? That's the question that ESPNNewYork.com's Mark Simon ponders as the time for off-season roster changes gets closer to kicking off.
Currently, the Mets options at the position consist of Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores and Wilfredo Tovar, assuming that Omar Quintanilla is not tendered a contract. Last season at shortstop, the combined production at the position was a paltry .215 batting average with three home runs, 40 RBI and five stolen bases.
Room for improvement, there most certainly is -- and even with his disappointing 2013, Profar's line of .234, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 2 SB in just 85 games with the Texas Rangers would still be an upgrade, if one were to assume he would receive an entire season's worth of playing time. And one would hope that Profar's 2014 would be far more reflective of his baseball skills than he showed last season.
The problem, as Simon correctly assesses, is not the availability of Profar, who seems to be a man without a lineup spot with Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre all locked into the Rangers infield for years to come. Rather, it's the fact that Profar might well be thrown in as part of a deal with Tampa Bay for David Price and it would be difficult for the Mets to put together any package to compete with that kind of return, even if they were willing to throw Zack Wheeler or Travis d'Arnaud into the mix.
While a deal for Profar certainly makes sense from the Mets point of view, it's not clear that they'll be able to get it done. If they do choose to go outside of the organization at shortstop, they may instead have to settle for signing a free agent like Ramon Santiago or Willie Bloomquist instead.