With Elvis Andrus on the verge of a huge contract extension - the type of extension you don't just dole out in anticipation of trading a player - the Rangers have some decisions to make. One such decision is what to do with Jurickson Profar. The highly-touted prospect was the heir-apparent for the Rangers' shortstop spot should the team have dealt Andrus. That does not look like it will happen now, so does the team make a bold move and change Profar's position?
Doug Mittler of ESPN (Insider) says that's very possible. The Rangers have Ian Kinsler locked up at second base, but Kinsler would seem to be easier to move once Andrus' new contract is in place. Kinsler is signed through 2017 with a very team-friendly contract considering his production.
The most Kinsler will make in a given season is $11 million. He'll make $12 million in 2018 if the Rangers pick up the options. Despite the fact that such a contract would be appealing to a team looking to make a trade for an All-Star quality second baseman, the Rangers are in a similar predicament with Kinsler vs. Profar as they were with Andrus vs. Profar. Kinsler, though, is 30 years old. That could make all he difference.
If the Rangers truly believe Profar can come in and replicate or exceed Kinsler's production, they would have no problem making the switch. Profar will need some time in the minors if he is to make the switch to second base, and he's already starting this year in the minors after a poor spring showing. But he's 10 years younger than Kinsler.
It would be a difficult decision to make, but the Rangers are no strangers to bold moves in the name of success. Don't be surprised to see Andrus' contract finalized and a future infield combination of he and Profar for years to come.
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