Friday, December 21, 2018

MLB trade review: A's get Profar



         The Oakland Athletics have acquired U Jurickson Profar in a three team deal. The Texas Rangers received LHPs Brock Burke, Kyle Bird, RHP Yoel Espinal, INF Eli White and international slot compensation. The Tampa Bay Rays received RHPs Emilio Pagan, Rollie Lacy and the 38th overall pick in 2019.

           For the A's, they get Profar, a player that can play seven positions, specializing in the infield. The main piece they give up is Pagan, a depth reliever. Profar isn't the player he was supposed to be, as he was once the 1st overall prospect in baseball, but he can play the infield.

          Profar, 26, hit .254, with 20 home runs, 77 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 594 Plate Appearances for the Rangers in 2018. In his MLB career, all for the Rangers, Profar has a .240 batting average, 32 home runs, 130 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 1312 Plate Appearances.

         For the Rangers, they get Burke, a lefty formally ranked as the Rays' 14th best prospect, in their very deep prospect pool, plus three more players. It's quite the haul for a player with just one full year of experience.

         Burke, 22, had a 3.08 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 158 strikeouts in 137.1 innings for High-A Charlotte and AA Montgomery.

         Bird, 25, had a 2.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 75.1 innings for AA Montgomery and AAA Durham in 2018.

         Espinal, 26, had a 2.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 64 innings for High-A Charlotte and AA Montgomery in 2018.

        White, 24, had a .306 batting average, with nine home runs, 55 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 578 Plate Appearances for AA Midland in 2018.

         For the Rays, they mainly get a reliever in Pagan. They also get a high draft pick. The pick is the reason why they gave up three players for two.

         Pagan, 27, had a 4.35 ERA, 4.92 FIP and 63 strikeouts in 62 innings for the A's in 2018. In his career for the A's and Seattle Mariners, Pagan has a 3.85 ERA, 4.18 FIP and 119 strikeouts in 112.1 innings.

        Lacy, 23, had a 2.97 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 109 innings for Single-A South Bend, and High-A Myrtle Beach and Down East.

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