Padres Rumors: Another A.J. Preller Blockbuster Deal???

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San Diego Padres send Rymer Liriano, Nick Vincent and Casey Kelly to the Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar.

Of the aforementioned trades, this one has the most ability to come true. It is well known that A.J. Preller previously worked for the Texas Rangers organization, and is very familiar with their farm system. The Rangers have an excess of Major League-ready middle infielders. Elvis Andrus with that mammoth contract is going nowhere, and they have Rougned Odor, another young infielder.

Odor is currently penciled in to start the season at second base, so does that make Profar available? In 2013, Jurickson Profar was listed by Baseball Prospectus as the #1 prospect in the whole game of baseball. Fast-forward to now, and with a history of shoulder injuries his value is strangely low. He is 22-years old, a switch-hitter with speed and power. I know he missed all of 2014 with a torn throwing shoulder muscle (Teres Major Muscle), but MRI’s as of last week, show the muscle as 95 percent healed.

There is definitely a risk factor in acquiring him, as the history of shoulder injuries is alarming. His value will never be any lower, and A.J. Preller knows Profar well. He surely understands what a special talent he is. Being that A.J. Preller is most familiar with the Texas Rangers, I can be 100 percent sure he has at the very least, checked in on the health of Jurickson Profar.

Like I stated already, Rymer Liriano is clearly blocked here in San Diego. His power and speed would play well in Texas, and the Rangers could have a corner outfielder for years to come. Casey Kelly gives them a nice young arm and Nick Vincent gives them a quality long reliever for their beat up bullpen. This whole trade depends on Profar’s health and his ability to play. Once spring training starts, count on the Padres to keep close tabs on Profar.

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