San Diego Padres: Jurickson Profar better come ready to compete in Spring Training

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Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics and now San Diego Padres. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The second base position for the San Diego Padres will be an interesting one to watch in Spring Training. The job won’t be handed to Jurickson Profar.

After the San Diego Padres traded Luis Urias to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this offseason it left a hole at second base and a lot of question marks about the position going forward.

Less than a week after trading Urias, A.J. Preller traded for Jurickson Profar to become the incumbent second baseman for the Padres.

At the time I thought this was a bit of a knee jerk reaction to quickly find someone to fill that spot. But it turns out Preller is a big fan of Profar as he was with the Texas Rangers when they signed him back in 2009.

Profar will be a free agent after the 2020 season and will make $5.7 million this year. He’s going to get a chance to play, but with the depth of options at second base he’ll have a ton of pressure on him.

Ty France, Greg Garcia, and Jake Cronenworth are all on the 40-man roster and are capable of playing second base.

Esteban Quiroz is a name we’ve been mentioning all offseason and he will be competing for time at second base as well in Spring Training.

Related Story: Don't sleep on Quiroz

Profar is looking for a bounce-back year before becoming a free agent, and that’s what the Padres are hoping for too.

He hit just. 218 last year with a .301 OBP in 139 games, but he did tie his career-high with 20 home runs and FanGraphs had him as a 1.3 WAR player.

The 26-year-old (will be 27 in February) did show some promise in the second half of 2019 hitting .228/.342 with an .821 OPS.

He suffered from an unsustainably low .218 BABIP this past season.

That was coming off the best season of his career in 2018 with the Texas Rangers when he hit .254/.335 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 146 games.

I believe San Diego would take that type of production from him in 2020.

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