Latest On Jurickson Profar’s Market

Prof. Jurickson is the highest unsigned place participant, with the switch-hitter nonetheless lingering on the open market after opting out of his cope with the Padres. Even with Spring Training a couple of weeks out, there is not a lot readability on his possible touchdown spot.

The Rangers, Marlins, Red Sox, Astros, Rockies and Yankees have all been loosely tied to him at factors this offseason. Houston and Boston have made different important left subject acquisitions (Michael Brantley and Masataka Yoshida, respectively). Colorado’s reported curiosity was pretty shortly downplayed, whereas Miami has since moved Jazz Chisholm Jr. into middle subject — thereby pushing gamers like Bryan De La Cruz and Jesus Sanchez into the left subject dialog.

While the Yankees nonetheless have a questionable left subject combine, it would not seem they’re planning to additional push payroll. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported final week the membership doesn’t need to exceed the fourth and last luxury-tax barrier, set at $293MM for the 2023 season. That’d depart them with basically no respiration room except they shed some cash in a commerce. Even in that occasion, pivoting again to Profar won’t be within the playing cards. Brendan Kuty of the Athletic wrote this morning the workforce has been deterred by Profar’s asking value. General supervisor Brian Cashman indicated on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM over that weekend Aaron Hicks was more likely to get the primary crack in left subject (h/t to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com).

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, in the meantime, reported yesterday that the Orioles have been concerned within the Profar market. The asking value would possibly show too wealthy for Baltimore’s style as nicely, as Rosenthal provides the entrance workplace is not significantly bullish on their possibilities of getting a deal finished.

Profar can be a curious match for the Orioles even earlier than contemplating the monetary implications. While he started his profession as a center infielder, he rated poorly as a defender. That was largely as a consequence of throwing accuracy points, which peaked in 2019 when he dedicated 11 throwing errors from second base as a member of the Athletics. Since that yr, he is primarily been restricted to nook outfield work. Profar picked up sporadic motion on the proper facet of the infield in 2020-21 and did not play anyplace apart from left subject final yr.

It’s possible most golf equipment would not see him as greater than an emergency choice anyplace outdoors the nook outfield. Baltimore would not have a path to at-bats in both left or proper subject in the meanwhile. Austin Hays and Anthony Santander make for a succesful tandem. Santander has extra energy than Profar does. Hays and Profar have produced at comparable ranges the final couple of seasons, so it is unlikely Baltimore views the free agent as a big improve.

That stated, a run at Profar may have freed the O’s as much as deal certainly one of their in-house outfielders. General supervisor Mike Elias famous final week the workforce continues to be on the lookout for methods to bolster the rotation, and Rosenthal writes they’re contemplating commerce prospects for beginning pitching. Hays or Santander may attraction to a membership that is prepared to market a back-end starter looking for an instantaneous outfield improve — speculatively talking, the Brewers and Rangers may match the mildew — however a commerce would go away the O’s to lean closely on rookie Kyle Stowers except they subsequently add skilled outfield assist.

While it is troublesome to discover a excellent touchdown spot for Profar, he is a good on a regular basis left fielder. A switch-hitter with high quality contact abilities and a affected person strategy, he is hit at an above-average degree in two of the previous three years. Profar was a lineup staple final season in San Diego, showing in 152 video games and tallying 658 plate appearances. He hit .243/.331/.391 with 15 dwelling runs and 36 doubles. That manufacturing checked in 10 proportion factors above league common, by measure of wRC+, as soon as one accounts for the league-wide drop in energy and the pitcher-friendly nature of Petco Park.

Profar continues to be simply 30 years previous and has a case for a multi-year deal on the heels of that stable season. That was absolutely his expectation when he forewent the ultimate $6.5MM on his contract with the Friars firstly of the offseason. He ought to nonetheless have the ability to high that, though his prolonged keep on the open market would appear to recommend he hasn’t discovered the extent of curiosity his camp was anticipating. Michael Comfort and Trey Mancini every secured opt-out clauses on two-year ensures this offseason, and it would not be a shock to see Profar do the identical as soon as he lastly agrees to phrases. Topping the $14MM assured to Mancini — who’s a yr older and coming off a lesser offensive displaying — needs to be attainable.

The Rangers, the place Profar started his profession after score as a high prospect, nonetheless have to improve in left subject through free company or commerce. The Padres may circle again given the entrance workplace’s longstanding affinity for the outfielder, though they could be nearing their spending restrict. That’s additionally true of the Braves and Dodgers, two contenders who’ve room for left subject upgrades on paper. A retooling membership just like the Royals or Tigers may eye Profar as a deadline commerce candidate. That’d possible solely be interesting if he would not safe an opt-out risk, which might in any other case considerably cut back his commerce attraction. If Profar lingers in the marketplace for much longer, it is attainable that inevitable accidents across the league early in spring coaching may create a brand new alternative or two, though his desire is definitely to be signed by the point camps start to open.

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