What Should the Rangers do with Jurickson Profar?

ProfarJurickson Profar is a very familiar name with everyone who is associated with or a fan of any Major League Baseball franchise. He is currently the top prospect in all of baseball and thanks to an injury to Ian Kinsler; he has been getting some quality time with the Rangers this season. Just mentioning his name to a General Manager will get the wheels spinning, but John Daniels has held off many suitors to keep him firmly entrenched in the Rangers system.

All Profar has done since being called up is show everyone  why he is such a coveted prospect, he has been better than some expected in the field and has carried a .300 batting average while hitting two home runs. This is what everyone has wanted to see, his transition to the big club has been seamless, and has everyone wondering what the Rangers are going to do when Kinsler is healthy. Obviously he won’t steal Kinsler’s spot, and he is now showing too much of a flash to be buried back down in the minor leagues for an undetermined amount of time.

This brings the question; what should the Rangers do with him?

There is a group of people that would love to see the Rangers keep him up and find a spot to play him. But where would He play? Andrus is your long term shortstop, Kinsler is your long term second baseman, Beltre is locked in at third, and Moreland is locked in at first. You could move him into the outfield, but a mid-season position change could do more harm than good. The change itself could be bad, because every report on him says he is a natural shortstop. Another question is; does he even want to change positions?

A more vocal group of people want to see the Rangers use Profar as potential trade bait to bring in a big name pitcher or possible bat. This makes more sense in the simple fact; you already have good chemistry with infielders on this team. Not to mention all of them are under contract for at least the next four plus years. It would be unfair to Profar to force him to change positions or hold him down in the Minors, just because you don’t have a spot for him. He is a talented player and deserves to play every day.

This doesn’t mean some team can swoop in and get him for just peanuts; Daniels needs to make sure someone brings everything including the kitchen sink for Profar.

The last group and seemingly the quietest are on the side of keeping him down in the farm system until the time is right. But with what he is currently doing, it would seem he is closer to being ready than this option would allow. You’re looking at another four of five years before a spot will open up in Arlington, unless the Rangers trade Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler. Most fans, me included would be against that option all together.

This is a good position to be in for the Rangers, it is better to have more talent than you have room for, then be the beggar trying to get someone’s spare parts. The Rangers can use Profar to get a couple key pieces to help them try to get back to the World Series this year or next year if the right deal comes along.

Rangers well represented in All Star Game

The Texas Rangers will be sending eight players to the All Star game in Kansas City. Which if you stop and think about it, is a big deal for this team. The Rangers used to be one of those teams that would benefit from the every team has to be represented rule. Now the Rangers are one of the teams with the most players in the All Star game.

The Rangers play an exciting brand of baseball, and it looks like the nation is really taking notice. Not only by the fact that Josh Hamilton lead all players in voting, but even when the team is on the road, there are a lot more Rangers fans in attendance than there used to be. Not to mention some of the personalities that are included in this line up every night.

Even though the last two season have ended differently than most fans would like. The Rangers are finally starting to earn some respect from the other teams in the league and now aren’t looked at as just a team to play. I think the seven Rangers players can attest that the team is finally looked at as a competitor.

With more Rangers on the All Star team this year, fans can have a feeling that maybe this will be the year that the American League will win this game and win home field in the World Series.

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Michael Young Situation; Who’s to blame?

For those of you who have read my past blogs have read my opinions about Michael Young. I called him the consummate teammate, and then we found out the Rangers were shopping him for a trade. Now, after what has seemed like 10 years of pushing him around and making him do what is “best for the team”, he has finally gotten fed up and had enough. It was announced over the weekend that Young was now seeking a trade. And the soap opera continues, because now he is saying that he was lied too and treated unfairly. This is different than the picture portrayed after the Adrian Beltre Acquisition.

This got me to thinking, who is really to blame for this situation? You could easily say that Michael Young is just being a spoiled millionaire baseball player, or you could easily say the franchise is to blame for pushing him to the edge. John Daniels claims that Young “had a change of heart” and was disappointed in the change because it went against what he said. But Young decided to respond by saying he was “lied to and mislead by the organization”. The deal set forward after acquiring Beltre was that Young would play DH and be a utility infielder on an as needed basis. But then there was the sudden trade to acquire Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays and will be a DH and fill in 1st baseman. This has left Young in a quandary, because he was going to get a solid amount of at bats and time in the field. Now that has made the question arise about where does Young fit in?

To understand the depth of this situation, you would have to have inside information. But Michael Young has been the face of the Rangers for the last 8-10 years and everything he has done until this point, has been to stay a Ranger and help win. This is where I will say that the Rangers, mostly John Daniels has handled this situation completely wrong. The team needs to understand that any one of the thousands of fans who fill in to the Ballpark every night are there to see one of a handful of guys. Usually the main one on that line is Michael Young, and now you are pushing him out with your other actions. This will backfire, because they think they are getting better by these additions, but losing Michael Young will immediately make you worse, simply for the fact he is such a solid bat.

The new regime has done a lot right in their short time running this team, but this is one move where someone needs to get reprimanded for allowing this to happen. Whether or not this is John Daniels, Nolan Ryan, or even Chuck Greenberg’s fault, someone needs to take ownership of this mistake and make amends by any means necessary. While the hit will be minimal in a fan loss stand point, this will make most fans wary of other moves that involve fan favorites. Someone from the organization needs to come out and say that they handled this wrong and take responsibility to start mending the fence with fans who now feel scorned by the team they love.

Rangers finally make a splash with Beltre

After what has been seen as an off season of disappointment and questionable signings, the Rangers finally stepped up and made a splash in the free agency off season signing. Adrian Beltre who has been a sold third basemen and a consistent bat has decided to become a Texas Ranger. While this will force a move at that position for Michael Young, it makes this a stronger team top to bottom. After a great World Series run last season, this is the type of signing that shows the fan base that the team wants to win. Hopefully Beltre will be a good bad and be able to add more, but I think the signing was more of a defensive one than for the bat. This should be one move that excites the fan base as we are now getting ready for Spring Training.