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Texas Rangers: What Will They Do with Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar?

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers dives for an infield hit by the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 13, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Zak SchmollAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2012

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Texas Rangers have no intention of trading shortstop Elvis Andrus this winter. Of course, it does make you wonder what is going to happen with the incredibly talented shortstop Jurickson Profar.

When he hit a home run in his major league debut, everyone knew that the minor leagues were no longer big enough for Profar. While the rest of his season in the major leagues has not been nearly as successful, the point is that the Texas Rangers had a major dilemma on their hands.

On one hand, they have this hot young shortstop who ascended through the minor league system in just three seasons. He has already demonstrated that power throughout the minor leagues, but his small frame does have some more room to fill out and hopefully develop even more. Shortstops with power are hard to come by, and the Texas Rangers realize that they have something special here.

On the other hand, the Texas Rangers have something pretty special right now. Andrus definitely does not have the power potential of Profar, but in only four years as a major league shortstop, he has been named to the All-Star team on two separate occasions. His batting average has been rising every year, and he is looking more and more like a stereotypical top of the lineup hitter. His on-base percentage could definitely use a little bit of work so that he can take advantage of his excellent speed, but that is also improving every season.

With this news, you do have to wonder if either of these two men will find a new position this winter.  Texas has a very strong infield, so it is hard to imagine where everyone will fit in. However, they do seem to have some type of plan, and this is one of those dilemmas that many teams dream of being in. It is a great thing when you have too much talent.

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