Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the New York Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.
Sherman says, the Yankees “would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster.” And yes, Profar has pedigree as he was once the top prospect in all of baseball and is still only 24 years-old. That said, he has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. There have been flashes of quality play from him and short stretches where he looked like what he was once cracked up to be, but the results have not been there in any kind of sustainable way.
All that said, the Yankees likely don’t think of him as an everyday player anyway. Given that they are pretty much set at any position Profar has played in the past, they are likely thinking of him as a super-utility type, which may very well suit him going forward. That, plus a change of scenery, could make him a pretty useful player if the cost isn’t all that high. The Yankees aren’t likely to be the only team to think so.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark met the press late this morning and covered a wide array of topics.
One of them: free agency, which he referred to as being “under attack” based on the slow market for free agents last offseason.
“What the players saw last offseason was that their free-agent rights were under attack on what has been the bedrock of our system,” Clark said. He added that they “have some very difficult decisions to make.” Presumably in the form of grievances and, down the road, a negotiating strategy that seeks to claw back some of the many concessions the union has given owners in the past few Collective Bargaining Agreements. CBAs, it’s worth noting, that Clark negotiated. We’ve covered that territory in detail in the past.
Of more immediate interest was Clark’s comment that the idea of a universal designated hitter is, among players, “gaining momentum.” Clark says “players are talking about it more than they have in the past.” We’ve talked a lot about that as well.
Given that hating or loving the DH is the closest thing baseball has to a religion, no one’s mind is going to be changed by any of this, but I think, practically speaking, it’s inevitable that the National League will have the DH and I think it happens relatively soon. Perhaps in the next five years. The opposition to it at this point is solely subjective and based on tradition. People like pitchers batting and they like double switches and they like the leagues being different because they, well, like it. If the system were being set up today, however, they’d never have it this way and I think even the DH-haters know that well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dislike a universal DH, but it does mean that you can’t expect the people who run the game to cater to that preference when it makes little sense for them to do it for their own purposes.
Anyway, enjoy convincing each other in the comments about how the side of that argument you dislike is wrong.