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MLB trade rumors: Yankees in surprising push for Jurickson Profar

Brian Cashman is seeking another former highly regarded prospect who still has some upside.

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The Yankees are making a strong push to make a trade before Monday’s deadline to lock up their 40-man roster in order to free up some space to protect some prospects. One name that the Yankees are making a “surprising push” for is Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Though the Yankees have a crowded infield with Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, and Starlin Castro under team control for next year, Sherman suggests the Yankees would be willing to acquire a player with some upside to axe some of the current members of the 40-man roster. The Yankees also have a number of prospects in the mix for some infield positions next year, but with Profar’s versatility, they would be able to move him around the diamond.

Once the top prospect in baseball, Profar, who will be 25 by next year’s spring training, hit just .172/.294/.207 in 22 games at the big league level this season. However, Profar did hit well in Triple-A slashing .287/.383/.428 with seven home runs, 45 RBIs, and 25 doubles in 87 games. Profar also played five positions in the MLB last year with time at left field, shortstop, second base, third base, and first base.

The Rangers are seeking pitching, and the Yankees have an abundance of pitchers they will have to make decisions on in the coming days. Among this list, the Yankees could look to deal Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Ronald Herrera, Jonathan Holder, and a few others.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has noted that prospects Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, and Gleyber Torres could all see time at third next season, with Wade and Torres also likely seeing time at short and second. The Yankees also have a utility man in Ronald Torreyes, but Sherman writes that Profar could unseat him if the Yankees were to acquire him simply because of his experience in left field and first base.

Profar profiles nicely into the type of players that Cashman has prioritized over the years. Cashman has stuck gold in the acquisitions of Gregorius and Aaron Hicks, and he could look to light another fire if he were to acquire another former highly regarded prospect who has yet to prove himself as a big leaguer.