Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt ignore trade talk
"I don’t pay attention to that," Profar said. "I don’t even know about it. I’m just concentrating on baseball. All I care about are things I can control."
Profar stressed that he'll continue to try to improve his overall game with the hope that he gets a chance to play at the big league level with the Rangers.
"I want to do my best over here," Profar said. "You never know what can happen. I have to be there some time. I have to be patient right now and do my thing here."
Olt echoed his teammate's thoughts. You hear Olt's name even more in terms of rumors based on the fact that some of the teams with pieces to move want a third baseman who is close to big league ready. That's Olt. But he's also working toward becoming more versatile by playing first base and right field. He expects to get more chances at those two positions in the second half of the season.
"I remember people saying stuff (last year)," Olt said. "The Rangers are going to do whatever they need to do to win. So I don’t worry aboug that.
"It’s all rumors. I’ve dealt with the rumors before. It makes no sense for me to look at. Texas has a plan and I’m sure they’re not going to share their plan."
No question about that, Mike.
As for the Futures Game, both players said they enjoyed participating in the event. It was Profar's second time and the first for Olt. George Brett got a chance to watch some of the players and even offered a few tips to Olt about using his hands. Olt, of course, was too young to see Brett play.
"But I’ve heard what kind of player he was and I’d like to be like that," Olt said.
For now, Olt and Profar will keep working and try to ignore any trade rumors that come up. But expect the talk to heat up as the deadline gets closer.
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