Five Key Holes the Rangers Need to Fill This Winter, and How They Should Fill Them
5. What should be done to solve the logjam at second base and shortstop?
There's seemingly a lot of support for moving Ian Kinsler to the outfield and replacing him at second base with Jurickson Profar, and there's also a faction of folks pushing for Texas to deal Elvis Andrus, who's two years away from free agency and is represented by Scott Boras.
I prefer the least popular move: trading Profar. As I mentioned earlier, he'd be the key piece to a deal that could land an ace. As tantalizing as his talent is, Profar turns just 20 in February, and aside from his amazing major league debut, we don't know if he's ready to play 150-plus games, especially since he only has one season under his belt in Double-A and played sporadically in September. And while he had a strong season (.281, 14 HR, 62 RBI, 16 SB) with the Frisco RoughRiders, it's not like he posted Ruthian numbers. Sure, Andrus played well as a 20-year-old rookie, but that doesn't mean Profar can do the same.
If a deal can't be made for a frontline starter using Profar, I'd give him another year in the minors. And if Texas is hell-bent on giving Profar a starting job, I'd shop Andrus, since Kinsler is basically untradeable with his five-year, $75 million contract kicking in next year.