Report: Rangers Willing To Move Mazara & Profar In Trades

Josh Clark
December 10, 2018 - 12:48 pm
Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers are willing to move infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Nomar Mazara in a trade, according to a report from Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Grant reports that he's heard at MLB's winter meetings in Las Vegas that Texas is more motivated to move Mazara right now as the price on Profar "would be high."

Texas has a plethora of corner outfielders that are left-handed, in addition to having a left-handed heavy lineup. Among the Rangers young position players, Mazara is the closest to free agency, so it makes sense that Texas would be interested in getting something for him while they continue their rebuild. 

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com later added that there could be a match between Texas and Atlanta on a deal for Mazara. 

After a strong 2018 season, Profar could be a great backup option for a team that loses out in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, Grant opinions

Profar's value is at it's highest since he was one of the top prospects in all of baseball in 2013. 

The 25-year-old was one of the most productive, if not the most productive player at the plate for Texas last season. He 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). 

Profar is slated to open as the Rangers third baseman in 2019 after Adrian Beltre retired this offseason. 

"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 after Adrian Beltre announced his retirement. "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."