Profar Likely To Take Over Third Base Following Beltre's Retirement

Josh Clark
November 20, 2018 - 1:09 pm
Jurickson Profar

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ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - The time has finally come for the Texas Rangers to find their next third baseman. 

Adrian Beltre's decision to retire from baseball after 21 seasons has left a hole at third base for the first time since the Rangers signed him to a six-year deal in 2011. Beltre ultimately manned third base in Arlington for the last eight seasons with Texas. 

In a statement released early Tuesday morning Beltre says: "After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love." 

The obvious answer to fill the void at third base is Jurickson Profar after he spent a lot of time at the hot-corner when Beltre was out of the lineup this season.

"As the roster sits today ... we have moves to make and an offseason ahead of us, but Jurickson was one of our best players last year. ... You could argue he was our best player last year," general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "Jurickson's an infielder (with Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor already cemented at shortstop and second base) and it looks like third base is the best spot for him." 

The 25-year-old, who has been mentioned as a possible trade piece this offseason, was second on the team in hits (133), tied for third in home runs (20), tied for second in RBI (77), and finished third in OBP (.335) and OPS (.793) in 2018. 

Profar committed 11 of his 25 total errors in 51 games (46 starts) at third base last season.