The Texas Rangers have traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the Oakland Athletics as a part of a three-team deal that additionally entails the Tampa Bay Rays, the groups introduced Friday.
Oakland additionally reached an settlement on a two-year contract with free-agent right-hander Joakim Soria, giving the A’s a dependable and versatile reliever.
Profar, who at 19 in 2012 homered in his first large league at-bat earlier than shoulder points compelled him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 video games whereas taking part in all 4 infield positions for Texas this yr.
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In Oakland, he’ll take over at second base for departing free agent Jed Lowrie. Profar had been anticipated to develop into the beginning third baseman for the Rangers after Adrian Beltre retired final month.
The Rangers acquired right-hander Yoel Espinal and left-handers Kyle Fowl and Brock Burke from Tampa Bay, and infielder Eli White from Oakland. Texas additionally received $750,000 worldwide slot compensation from the A’s.
Texas sent right-hander Rollie Lacy to Tampa Bay. The A’s additionally sent right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagan and a 2019 Aggressive Steadiness Spherical A choose to the Rays.
The 34-year-old Soria, a two-time All-Star, went Three-Four with a Three.12 ERA in 66 appearances and 60 2/Three innings this yr for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
The Rangers had two extra seasons of arbitration eligibility for Profar earlier than he may develop into a free agent. Basic supervisor Jon Daniels mentioned there had been discussions about the potential for an extension however that it grew to become clear that wasn’t going to occur.
Daniels mentioned the A’s had been constant in their curiosity in Profar, and with Tampa Bay in the deal it enabled the Rangers to get the full worth they felt was wanted to contemplate buying and selling away the participant that signed with them as a 16-year-old in 2009.
“There may be positively an emotional piece to this one,” Daniels mentioned. “We now have seen the ups and downs. Seen the actually precocious expertise and the massive smile and the way in which he loves to play the sport, to trying like he was going to be our second baseman and the shoulder situation that went on for a yr longer than I feel any of us would have favored it to.”
The GM mentioned all 4 gamers coming to the Rangers are on the higher ranges of the minor leagues and knocking on the door of the massive leagues.
Fowl and Burke will likely be added to the 40-man roster for the Rangers. The 22-year-old Burke was chosen the Rays’ high minor league pitcher after combining to go 9-6 with a Three.08 ERA and 10.Four strikeouts per 9 innings in his 25 video games (22 begins) on on the high-A and Double-A ranges.
The Rangers additionally signed 4 gamers to minor league contracts with invites to main league spring coaching. They had been lefty Miguel Del Pozo, infielder Nolan Fontana, and right-handed pitchers Ariel Hernandez and Phillips Valdez.
Fontana was the one of the 4 to play in the majors this yr. He reached the massive leagues every of the previous two seasons with the Angels, showing in 20 video games in two stints with Los Angeles this yr.