Every inkling of speculation this offseason regarding the Texas Rangers includes the team trading shortstop Elvis Andrus. That stems from the emergence of top MLB prospect Jurickson Profar and his inevitable debut as a full-time starter. Valentine’s Day brought a different vibe, though, as Andrus said his agent, Scott Boras, and the Rangers have already begun negotiating a new long-term contract. That means one of two things: Texas is considering trading Profar instead or the negotiations are a smokescreen.
The Rangers really shouldn’t trade Andrus because they have superb team chemistry on the left side of their infield with Adrian Beltre at third base, Andrus at shortstop and Ian Kinsler at second base. This crew has been to a World Series together and is the meat of the top of the Rangers’ lineup.
Profar is obviously a superb talent and he could end up being as good or better than all three of these veteran players, but that’s no guarantee. Ideally, Profar would stick around and take over at third base when Beltre’s career ends, but no one is going to be that patient. If Profar doesn’t start by the All-Star break this year, he’ll be traded for an ace starting pitcher (David Price?).
Of course, the most likely scenario is Profar starting in Andrus’ spot after the veteran is traded at or before the All-Star break. However, these latest murmurings of a new contract for the member of the Venezuelan World Baseball Classic team could change that. When asked about it, Andrus said he wants to be in Texas and he “loves” it there, so that at least suggests he’ll try to remain with the Rangers through this uncertain time in Texas.