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Yankees Get: Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt
Rangers Get: Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, David Phelps, Nick Swisher, Eduardo Nunez and Cito Culver
Why Should the Yankees Make This Trade?
The left side of the Yankees' infield is 73 years old, so a couple young stars will be needed to replace them soon.
Not just anybody can replace Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, so the Yankees need to get this right. As of right now Cito Culver and Dante Bichette, Jr. are the long term answers at shortstop and third base, but they are both in the low minors—you never know if they will pan out.
Bichette, Jr. had a very impressive 2011 season winning MVP honors but Culver, who was the Yankees' 2011 first-round pick, was very disappointing in his first season.
In order to raise the chances the Yankees will have two stars on the left side of the infield for years to come they must trade for Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt.
Profar was ranked as the seventh overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. He hit .286/.390/.493 with 12 HR, 65 RBI, 37 doubles and eight triples to go along with 23 stolen bases during his 115-game stint in Single-A in 2011.
Olt, on the other hand, was ranked as the fourth best third base prospect in baseball. He hit .267/.387/.504 with 14 HR, 42 RBI and 15 doubles during his 69-game stint in High-A Ball in 2011.
The upside of Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar are hard to ignore, they could replace Rodriguez and Jeter. If Dante Bichette, Jr works out as well Olt could move to first base. That would create an Olt, Cano, Profar and Bichette infield for the future.
Why Should the Rangers Make This Trade?
The Texas Rangers already have a logjam in their infield.
Elvis Andrus was just signed to a three-year $14.4 million extension, Adrian Beltre is one of the best third basemen in the majors and Ian Kinsler is an elite second baseman.
The Rangers' currently have Mitch Moreland as their first basman. Nick Swisher has played 266 games at first base in his career and has a .994 fielding percentage while at first base. His power bat with a high on-base percentage would be very valuable to the Rangers' lineup.
In order to replace Profar and Olt the Rangers get first round pick Cito Culver and utility man Eduardo Nunez.
The Texas Ranger rotation is not very strong. It currently consists of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz. Dellin Betances, who is ranked as the No. 43 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com, would instantly step into the rotation. He would allow Neftali Feliz to move back to the bullpen to close games. Phil Hughes also steps into the bullpen in long relief.
This move helps the Rangers' rotation, bullpen and lineup.