If the Rangers are looking to make a trade this offseason, Jurickson Profar could be their top trading chip.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar was the Rangers' top prospect just a year ago. Profar played in 85 games for the Rangers last season, hitting .234 with six homers and 26 RBI. Now the former top prospect could be Texas' biggest trade chip heading into the offseason.
Texas made a long-term commitment to shortstop Elvis Andrus last April, signing him to an eight-year, $120 million deal. With Andrus' deal in place, and no other place for Profar to permanently play at this point, the Rangers could look to deal him for the right player.
One place the Rangers could send Profar is Tampa Bay. Texas could make a huge splash in the trade market by sending Profar, and likely other players to Tampa Bay for starting pitcher David Price. Price is a dominant lefty who won the Cy Young award in 2012 and has everything Texas needs to help fill their rotation.
In addition to Andrus and Profar, the Rangers also have shortstop Luis Sardinas in their minor league system. Sardinas is currently ranked as the second best prospect in Texas' organization, and while he may not be called up next season, he'll be in the majors soon enough.
A player of Profar's caliber can't spend too many more seasons in a utility role, and the Rangers realize that. While questions still remain as to whether or not Texas will or will not trade Profar, one thing remains certain. If they do deal him to another club, they'll receive a solid player in return, and fill a gaping need in their rotation, or on the field.