While simulating the offseason as part of the FanSided Offseason Simulation, we made four trades, which we’ll document and explain in consecutive posts. The first swapped David Peralta for Indians hurler Carlos Carrasco, while our second move sent Robbie Ray to the Pirates for a trio of prospects. The third trade came together rather quickly, as our first target appeared gettable:
IF Jurickson Profar ($3.4MM)
Profar, 25, got his first taste of the majors at age 19, but he’s never quite unleashed his full potential. After so many disappointing campaigns in Texas, he’s one of the league’s premier change-of-scenery candidates.
Whether or not he ever taps into the tremendous potential of his earlier youth, Profar made himself into a valuable player in 2018. In 146 games, he slashed .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs while playing all four infield positions.
He’s also had a taste of action in left field, enough to think he might be able to handle it off and on. More importantly, his projected salary for 2019 is $3.4MM. He could take Owings at bats and his money as well.
As for the Rangers’ return, McFarland has been an solid if unspectacular part of the Diamondbacks bullpen across the last two campaigns. His $1.4MM projected salary isn’t significant obviously, but it does add a small amount of flexibility at a fungible spot.
Cron, meanwhile, has always been destined for the American League. While a Paul Goldschmidt trade could open up some time for Cron to build his value at first while Pavin Smith seasons in Triple A, that value bump does not, in my opinion, outweigh the potential benefits of Profar reaching another level as he enters his prime.
Remember, this is a GM Offseason Simulation, and the likelihood of the Arizona Diamondbacks making this specific trade is very slim. But some iteration of this deal, where spare parts are moved around to grab a change-of-scenery player with some potential to unlock – that’s on the table.