Yankees interested in Jurickson Profar

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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.


Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.