Profar and the Athletics avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. The deal is worth $3.6 million, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Profar finally started to deliver on some of his prospect promise last year after several poor seasons, hitting .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 steals in 146 games. Acquired from the Rangers in December, he appears to be in line for Oakland's starting second base job.
Profar has been traded from the Rangers to the A's for an unspecified package as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Rays, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. This deal came out of nowhere, as it seemed like Profar was a lock to be the Rangers' Opening Day third baseman. Now he clearly profiles as Oakland's Opening Day second baseman. This won't change his fantasy outlook much -- he goes to a better lineup but a slightly worse park. The former No. 1 overall prospect in baseball hit .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs and 10 steals in 594 plate appearances last year, and he could improve on that batting average, as his batted-ball profile suggests he deserved better than the .269 BABIP he posted.
General manager Jon Daniels said Profar is the likely candidate to step in as the Rangers' everyday third baseman in 2019, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Profar played all around the infield in 2018, appearing in more than 10 games at each of the four infield positions. With Adrian Beltre calling it quits, Profar looks primed to spend most of his time at the hot corner in 2019 -- something that could ultimately hurt his multi-position eligibility down the line. The 25-year-old hit .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases in 146 games in 2018.
Profar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Profar had started the Rangers' last 11 games and managed just nine hits in 43 at-bats (.209), so he'll be given an early start on the offseason by taking a seat in the 2018 finale. Despite crawling to the finish line of the campaign, the 25-year-old was one of the pleasant surprises for the last-place Rangers this season. He amassed 61 extra-base hits -- including 20 home runs -- and went 10-for-10 on steal attempts while slashing .254/.336/.459 in 593 plate appearances. Profar should have a line to an everyday role with the Rangers in 2019.
Profar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels. Profar launched his 20th homer, putting a nice cap on what has been his best season to date. After several years of unfulfilled promise, including injuries, Profar is approaching 600 plate appearances in 2018. He's mostly pieced together his at-bats at various infield positions, serving as an injury replacement for shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre. He also got ample time at first base. It's unclear which position Profar will end up playing in 2019, but the Rangers will want the arbitration-eligible infielder back.