Rangers not done yet: Andrus and Profar are on the trading block
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Thursday that the Rangers are open to trading shortstop Elvis Andrus or middle infielder Jurickson Profar.
Andrus is probably the better known name of the two, as he has spent most of his time in the Majors since 2009 when he was 20 years old. Still just 25, the Venezuelan could bring a nice return for the Rangers. The two-time All-Star has a career batting average of .274, and though he lacks power, Andrus has scored 85+ runs in each of the past four seasons. He also stole a career-high 42 bases this past year.
Just 20 years of age, Profar is considered one of the bright young stars of the game. He played more than expected in 2013, registering just a .234 batting average across 85 games, but the sky is the limit for this youngster. Profar is dominating the Dominican Winter League and many believe that he will have a huge breakout campaign in 2014.
The Rangers signed Andrus to an eight-year contract extension at the beginning of the 2013 season, so it is interesting that they would take trade offers for him less than a year later. As for Profar, he entered the 2013 season widely regarded as the top prospect in all of baseball. It is somewhat surprising that general manager Jon Daniels would want to trade either of these players, particularly after having traded Kinsler, so he may simply be looking to keep his options open in case someone comes calling with an irresistible deal.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking long and hard for a shortstop this offseason, so they will be a team to keep an eye on here. Both Andrus and Profar can play shortstop at a high level, so either player could be an option.