On pace for their first 100-loss season in franchise history, the Colorado Rockies reportedly released veteran outfielder Jurickson Profar on Sunday morning. Could this be an opportunity for the San Diego Padres to bring him back into the fold?
Does a Jurickson Profar reunion make sense for the San Diego Padres?
According to a tweet from Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, the Rockies are releasing Profar and bringing up one of their prospects, Hunter Goodman, to take his place on the roster as Colorado continues its youth movement. The move puts an end to a disappointing season for Profar in Denver. Signed to a $7.75 million deal late in spring training, Profar never found his footing with Colorado, producing just a 76 OPS+ and slash line of .236/.316/.364.
The Rockies thought they knew what they were getting in Profar after seeing him with the Padres for the previous three seasons where he slashed a combined .244/.333/.375 with an OPS+ of 102 in 1,272 plate appearances. However, the match never seemed to be a fit.
So would it make sense for the Padres to bring Profar back into the fold, either at the end of this season or for the 2024 campaign? With all of the chatter about the chemistry in the San Diego clubhouse, could Profar, who was known for his energy on the field and behind the scenes, be a help in that department?
Check out this video from last season where Profar beams about the Padres never giving up, something that goes directly against what Juan Soto said about the 2023 squad.
While it may be too late this season for Profar to make an impact on the club, having an eye toward his involvement with the 2024 campaign might be something that the Padres front office should do. After all, with so many contracts in place, somethng has to change in 2024. Perhaps adding back in a familiar face would be something that would take steps toward that change.