Injuries have prevented Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar from reaching his potential thus far, and at least one team is hoping his durability issues have made him an expendable commodity.
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Report: Yankees Interested in Acquiring Profar
Tuesday, Nov. 10
The Yankees have struggled to find an answer at second base since Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, but a new report suggests they are willing to take a chance on Profar to fill those big shoes.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yanks have already inquired about Profar, while the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres are also potential suitors with an eye toward using Profar as a shortstop.
Per Sherman, however, the Rangers aren't likely to trade him without allowing him to regain some of the value he lost from being on the shelf so often. That is a notion Rangers general manager Jon Daniels essentially confirmed: "We are not looking to trade him. We held onto him this long. We are pretty optimistic his shoulder is fit. The mindset is to wait and see where he is. We believe he will get back to his value, which was one of the best young players out there."
Shoulder injuries kept Profar out of action for the entire 2014 and 2015 seasons after he showed some promise as a rookie in 2013 by hitting six home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games.
Profar recently returned to action as a designated hitter in the Arizona Fall League, and as seen in this video, courtesy of MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum, he seems to be unencumbered:
The 22-year-old native of Curacao was considered to be among the premier prospects in baseball before injuries cut him down, so it is easy to understand why the Rangers aren't jumping at the chance to part ways with him.
He has an opportunity to be an extremely special player if he can stay off of the disabled list, and there simply isn't any incentive for Texas to deal him right now unless the Yankees or another team come up with an out-of-this-world offer.
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