Five Offseason Moves The Blue Jays Should Make
By Jason Lee
4. Trade for Jurickson Profar
It’s no secret that the Blue Jays have a fragile infield. Troy Tulowizki, Devon Travis, and even Josh Donaldson to some degree should not be expected to play 162 games on the field. The Blue Jays desperately need a utility man who can give those aforementioned guys regular days off, and act as an insurance policy in the case of another major injury. Enter Jurickson Profar.
It wasn’t too long ago when Jurickson Profar was considered the top prospect in all of baseball. As a shortstop who flashed five-tool talent, Profar electrified the minor leagues and got many in the majors excited for his arrival. However, after missing two seasons with shoulder injuries, Profar quickly disappeared from the prospect scene.
This disappearance had more to do with the emergence of Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus than the regression of Jurickson Profar. The opportunities were so limited that Profar was reportedly disgruntled when he wasn’t traded this year at the deadline.
It’s curious as to why the Rangers didn’t give Profar more chances to succeed. In the minors this year, Profar produced a very strong slashline of .287/.383/.428 in 87 games. Coupled with the fact that Adrian Beltre missed a portion of the year with an injury, and Profar’s ability to play shortstop, second base, and third base, there is really no reason as to why Profar only got to play in 22 games at the Major League level.
As a young player who seemingly still has an enormous amount of potential, can play all around the infield, and will come cheap, Profar should be high on the Blue Jays’ wish list this offseason. He would immediately fill a need in the utility position and could provide more upside than Ryan Goins or any of the other options in free agency this year.
Oh, that and the fact that the Blue Jays have a knack for finding hidden stars.