Jurickson Profar Traded to Padres from Athletics for Austin Allen

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2019

SEATTLE - September 29:  Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  The Mariners defeated the Athletics 3-1.  (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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The San Diego Padres have acquired second baseman Jurickson Profar in exchange for catcher Austin Allen in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.

Baseball journalist Robert Murray first reported the deal.

This will be the second time in as many years Profar has been traded after going from the Texas Rangers to Oakland as part of a three-team deal last December.

In his lone season with the Athletics, the 26-year-old hit .218 with 20 home runs, nine stolen bases and 24 doubles in 139 games.

Profar had high expectations early in his career, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in baseball in 2013.

However, injuries and inconsistent play prevented him from playing more than 90 games in a season at the majors until 2018. He showcased some of his skill set that year with a .254 average and .458 slugging percentage while spending time at all four infield positions.

It appears he found a home defensively at second base last season, but he struggled more at the plate and has failed to live up to his potential.

A third team will now take a chance on Profar's talent, with Padres general manager A.J. Preller especially a fan:

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

Profar was always one of AJ Preller’s favorite players. Helped bring him to Rangers. #padres

Ian Kinsler is under contract through 2020 for San Diego, but Profar can be an upgrade over the veteran or Greg Garcia and add to an exciting infield that also features Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.