MLB Rumors: Elvis Andrus May Not Be With Texas Rangers In 2013?

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Rangers have one talented prospect in Jurickson Profar zooming through the ranks of the organization. Profar could make a case to be the Rangers shorstop in 2013, which would make Elvis Andrus the odd man out with the Rangers and it could lead to him being a valuable trade ship during the off-season if the team finds that Profar is good enough to start.

Profar played in nine games for the Rangers toward the end of the season. He was 3-for-17 with a home run and  two RBI in those nine games. Profar split time between second base and shortstop.

Andrus on the other hand signed a three-year deal prior to the 2012 season which will keep him in a Rangers uniform, possibly, until 2014. Andrus kept up his consistent work, batting .286 with 31 doubles, 62 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

Andrus does not have to be the one traded necessarily. Since Profar could in fact play second base, Ian Kinsler, who signed a contract extension before 2012 as well, could be willing to move positions to the outfield or somewhere else around the diamond. That would open up a possibility of the Rangers trading Nelson Cruz.

Cruz will be turning 33 next season. Cruz still has good power numbers and if a move were to be made, he could end up being the one that gets dealt since he is an older outfielder on a team that cannot put him at DH because Michael Young is there still. A Cruz trade could open up the door for the Rangers to lure in B.J. Upton as well.

There are many possibilities here for Jon Daniels and his staff. It will be interesting to see what they do in the off-season.

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