Unless Jurickson Profar wants to be traded, he needs to revert back to his original decision and stay out of the World Baseball Classic. On Wednesday, he told the Texas Rangers he wasn’t going to play in baseball’s version of the Olympics, but then said on Thursday that he’s still considering it. I know he’s just 19, but this kid needs to make up his mind and that decision should include him being at every bit of Spring Training and not in the World Baseball Classic.
Sure, some will say Profar will only miss a week or two of action while playing for the Netherlands during pool play in Taiwan at the beginning of next month, but he and the Rangers are in a tight situation regarding his future and that of Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus.
There are rumors swirling left and right that the Rangers are shopping both Profar and Andrus to see for which one they can get the better deal. To help the team make the decision, Profar needs to be in Texas the entire time.
If he stays at Spring Training, Profar can be properly evaluated and then dealt with accordingly. He’s going to start, regardless of where he ends up, so it’s really up to him. If he goes to the World Baseball Classic and Texas works out a deal with Andrus, then Profar will likely be gone. That may be best, but maybe not. Regardless, if Profar isn’t present, the team can’t properly evaluate him and make an educated decision.
What will likely happen in this cute little scenario is the Rangers’ decision will be delayed because both Profar and Andrus will be playing in the World Baseball Classic. That might not be a bad thing, but it certainly won’t help if neither is present for all of Spring Training.