Yankees in shocking push for once-celebrated prospect

ORLANDO, Fla. — The are nonetheless making an attempt to make a commerce or two earlier than the Monday deadline to freeze 40-man rosters for December’s Rule 5 draft, and one participant who has surprisingly caught their consideration is Texas’ Jurickson Profar.

The Yankees are deep in infield prospects, so there isn’t any apparent place for Profar – as soon as the highest within the sport – to play.

Nevertheless it appears the Yankees can be prepared to tackle a single participant with upside and pedigree in change for a number of gamers who’re crowding their deep 40-man roster.

Texas is within the Yankees’ extra pitching whether or not Profar is in a deal or not. The record of pitchers who’re at the least a debate whether or not to remain on the 40-man or be placed on regardless of eligibility consists of Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, Caleb Smith, Chasen Shreve, Ronald Herrera, Ben Heller, Jonathan Holder, Gio Gallegos, Cale Coshow, J.P. Feyersien and a number of other others.

There isn’t a certainty Texas will deal Profar, since he was the consensus No. 1 prospect within the sport earlier than the 2013 season. Texas’ present shortstop, Elvis Andrus, can choose out of his contract after subsequent season, and third baseman Adrian Beltre is a free agent. Thus, Profar offers the potential for long-term safety.

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Nevertheless, Profar is out of choices, so have to be on the 25-man roster subsequent season or be uncovered to waivers, and his fall the previous couple of years has been precipitous. He missed all the 2014-15 seasons because of shoulder accidents. He returned in 2016 to be a jack of all trades, however by no means matched his earlier hype and final season, in 22 video games, hit .172 with no homers and a .501 OPS. And Profar was not even referred to as up in September to the majors when rosters expanded — that partially additionally saved him from constructing service time and shortening his interval to free company.

The assumption has lengthy been that if Profar was traded, the Padres can be the obvious suitor. San Diego wants a shortstop for 2018, plus its GM, A.J. Preller, was a big determine in worldwide procurement for the Rangers when Profar was signed. The Blue Jays are in search of a multi-positional sort like Profar, and lots of groups can be fascinated by taking a look-see at Profar as a result of he doesn’t flip 25 till February, doesn’t value rather a lot (about $1 million subsequent yr) and is a switch-hitter who performs all around the discipline and would possibly nonetheless faucet into his upside.

The Yankees presently have Didi Gregorius at quick and Starlin Castro at second. However Brian Cashman has indicated that Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres and Tyler Wade shall be given alternatives to take taking part in time from Chase Headley at third. So, in principle, Profar may change into a part of that third base battle. As well as, he may unseat Ronald Torreyes as the first utilityman, simply with first base and left discipline additionally a part of his résumé.

Profar would match into the Yankees philosophy lately during which they’re prepared to accumulate prime-aged gamers with upside akin to Gregorius, who like Profar was raised in Curacao, or Aaron Hicks, who like Profar was a switch-hitter who had not but honored his pedigree. On the 2016 commerce deadline, the Yankees dealt Carlos Beltran to the Rangers for a bundle headed by Dillon Tate, who had been the fourth total decide within the 2015 draft, however with Texas had misplaced standing — very similar to Profar has now.

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