Can Texas grab David Price without Profar?

October, 17, 2013
10/17/13
10:30
AM CT
Our buddy Dan Szymborski wrote a piece for ESPN Insider this week discussing the possible destinations for David Price, should the Tampa Bay Rays try to take advantage of Price's value with two years of club control left on his contract. It's a great read and you can give it a look here (insider).

[+] EnlargeProfar
Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsJurickson Profar batted .234 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 85 games.
It's never too early to speculate about the Hot Stove, is it?

Szymborski's proposed trade is missing one interesting piece: Jurickson Profar.

Honestly, I have a difficult time imagining the Rays making a deal without Profar in it. No, I don't think Profar's value has changed much at all based on 2013. That might sound odd, figuring he hit .234 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 85 games. But the reality is that scouts (at least the ones I've talked to) know that Profar is a middle infielder and if left at one position, figure he'll improve quickly. He was put in a difficult spot this past season, moving positions and adjusting to life in the big leagues as a utility player.

He's got a high ceiling and for the 2012 Cy Young Award winner and a guy that came on strong after a rough April and May, I would think Profar is on top of the Rays' list.

So is it possible to get this deal done without Profar? Maybe, but the price in terms of exhausting so much of the top part of the farm system makes it difficult. The Rangers would essentially have to hand over three or four of their best prospects not named Profar. That would probably include two names that Szymborski mentioned: middle infielder Rougned Odor and third baseman Joey Gallo. But they might also talk about Luke Jackson, Jorge Alfaro or Luis Sardinas, just to name a few. And the Rays would likely want a young, big-league ready pitcher if they're giving up an ace. It just seems odd that a deal like this even has a realistic chance to get done without Profar in it.

Don't forget: There's a financial angle to all of this too. Price made $10.1 million this season. He'll get another raise next season and the season after that in arbitration. Anyone who acquires him will also do everything they can to get a long-term deal in place. And that's why it's a good time for the Rays to part with him. His value is high and they aren't likely to be able to afford to keep him after the 2015 season. There's precedence too, with the trade of James Shields to Kansas City (with two years left on his deal).

Price is one of those "big fish" that could be available this offseason. What team doesn't want starting pitching? And imagine David Price fronting this rotation with Yu Darvish. To me, that kind of trade has to involve a big-time, young, up-and-coming player like Profar. But Price is certainly one to watch as the Rangers go about trying to improve their squad this offseason. No matter what the final deal is, it's going to be a big price to pay to get him. But Price is an impact pitcher that isn't available very often.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Jon Daniels

Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Jim Bowden

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.

Galloway & Company: Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ron Washington

Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Fire Wash?

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .333
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .895
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23