Infielder Jurickson Profar may have missed most of the 2014 and ’15 seasons with a shoulder injury, but the Rangers are still reportedly fielding “a ton of calls” from interested teams, T.R. Sullivan reports for MLB.com.
Profar was called up to the majors in late May to fill in for Rougned Odor, who began a seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the face. Profar started off on an 11-game hitting streak and hasn’t slowed down. In 142 plate appearances, the 23-year-old is batting .318/.366/.455 with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 22 runs scored.
Profar has spent almost equal time at second base, first base, and third base, with some playing time at shortstop as well. His versatility is certainly helping his trade value.
Sullivan notes that the Rays are particularly interested in Profar, and that club has three pitchers which entice the Rangers: Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, and Drew Smyly. Later, Sullivan mentions that the Rangers also need catching help and suggests that Profar could net the club Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.