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Rangers could deal middle infield depth to address other needs

Nov 17, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out, the Rangers have a surfeit of middle infield depth. At the Major League level, they have Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus signed to lengthy contracts as well as Jurickson Profar. Beyond those three, prospects Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas are waiting in the wings. With needs at various positions, including catcher, left field, and DH, as well as limited payroll space, it would make sense for the Rangers to deal from an area of surplus to fill an area of need.

Grant points out that the Rangers’ biggest worry isn’t finding a trade partner, but arriving at a deal that nets the Rangers what GM Jon Daniels perceives as fair value for his players.

One executive, left unnamed, told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal during the GM meetings that the Rangers’ middle infield situation was “untenable.”

“We have three guys at the major league level and two guys at Double-A [Odor and Sardinas]; it would be irresponsible not to consider it,” Daniels said of a possible trade during the GM meetings. “Will we ultimately make a deal? I really don’t know. Teams are getting the lay of the land, see what’s out there and make a decision.”

Kinsler, now 31 years old, is signed through 2017 with a total of $62 million remaining on his contract. Andrus is 25 and signed through 2022, earning $6.75 million in 2014, the last year of his old extension before his new one kicks in at a total of $120 million.

  1. gibbyfan - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    What would it take for the Cards to take Profar off their hands ?…….other than Yadi of course.

    • doctornature - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Probably Martinez and Kelly, or Taveras even up. I doubt the Cards would do either one, until Profar proves he is better than what he showed at age 20.

  2. gibbyfan - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    maybe they could move Lynn as part of the deal..Say Lynn, Kelly, and one of the others except trevor,martinez and Miller and Wacha……..or Lynn,and Adams.

    • hth2727 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Wishful thinking from a cards fan but rangers are not moving profar for young pitching,we already have that,if he goes it’s for a impact bat and the same for Andrus–Adams is not a impact bat so let’s not even include him in the thinking unless you were just joking

      • paperlions - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Not a single Ranger with 300+ PAs hit as well as Adams did last year (wRC+ 136). So, I guess the Rangers have zero impact bats currently on the roster.

      • boydh123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Adams is not an impact bat? You are kidding, right? He is projecting to be a 30HR player with a .280+BA. He is better than what the Rangers have right now. I think he Rangers would be happy to have Adams, as would any team. A trade for Profar would most likely include Adams and one or two pitchers. I assume the Rangers would want Adams, Miller / Martinez and Seigrist. It will be too rich for Mozeliak and will never happen. The Cardinals will fill their SS need with Oakland’s Jed Lowrie. I know it is a dated rumor but it makes great sense for both teams. The trade will happen during the week of owner meetings in early December.

  3. gibbyfan - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    but your right about profar proving out first….Cards could benefit from starting the season with a pat hand and seeing what develops

  4. markofapro - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    If I recall, Rangers were in a similar situation last off season and did nothing except sign a has been with broken knees and a feisty catcher who was very serviceable but nothing sustainable. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. nandeezy33 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Riddle me this, hth2727…
    What exactly is an impact bat that you’re looking for? Honestly speaking, there isn’t one being made available via trade other than Jose Bautista. So for sake of the conversation, your “impact bat” is on the downside of his career. He will cost the team much much more money, and is known to have an injury history.

    On the flipside, Adams’ profile over the course of 162 games is better in comparison. You still have team control for a few years, and you get a developing hitter into his prime.

    So what exactly are you speaking of “impact”?

  6. NYTolstoy - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    this is insane and I envy this farm system. they can realistically trade 3 of them away. Get a good haul in return at major league ready talent and STILL be fine in those said positions. Just amazing I must applaud their farm system work.

  7. chill1184 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    For some reason DMN isn’t loading for me but are the Rangers actually serious about trading Profar? Seems a bit short sighted at least in my view to be already giving up on who is/was considered the top prospect in baseball at age 20. Then again the rule of thumb is; anyone can be had for the right package.

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