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  1. “Jurickson Profar”

    Cool name, bro.

    Comment by Slartibartfast — February 8, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  2. Fausto Carmona was a cool name too. *grin*

    Comment by CircleChange11 — February 8, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  3. “Profar…is generally considered the best shortstop prospect in the game.”

    This doesn’t really change the point, as Profar is clearly an elite prospect, but everything I’ve seen has Profar and Manny Machado neck and neck, with most preferring Machado slightly.

    Comment by Ben Hall — February 8, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  4. Most prefer Profar slightly..

    Comment by Erick — February 8, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  5. I wonder what kind of contract Andrus would get in free agency. He’s a very solid SS and very young but he doesn’t have the stats that suggest he’d get anything more than say, 4 years/$36 million. A .700 OPS shortstop who fields well is a nice commodity to have, but not a great one.

    Comment by Greg — February 8, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  6. Meh. 1a, 1b

    Comment by Taylor — February 8, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

  7. Are the Rangers really getting a discount when you consider the arbitration component? You can’t really look at WAR as those arb years are not free agent WAR costs.

    He’s projected to be at about 15mil over these years, I think the only way this is a good deal is if Elvis’ bat takes off this year (or next) and pushes up the would be price of the final year arb year.

    And the tradeoff is if he misses some time for injury, the arb raises will go up a bit more slowly and this will be a bit of an overpay.

    This seems like a pretty neutral deal to me…no real discount for the guarantee, no club option or buyout of the first FA year or two. I’m not sure why a team with money would bother to do this and not just go year to year.

    Comment by Tom — February 8, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  8. It lets you define your costs for the next few years so you can know your future obligations for sure, it provides protection against Andrus developing into a better hitter, it builds the relationship with Andrus (if you take care of him when you don’t have to, he might develop a preference to stay), and it shows others that if you play for Texas they will treat you right.

    Comment by Mike — February 8, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  9. Most reports I have read say they prefer Profar, if only because he is more likely to stick at SS.

    Comment by ALEastbound — February 8, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  10. Profar will be a much better SS, and there’s no guarantee Machado sticks there.

    Comment by Burnburnburn — February 8, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  11. Why does it seem like every single SS prospect since 2000 has scouts saying they’ll be unable to stick at the position? Over-emphasis on defense?

    It’s wierd to me that the best players come up through little league/high school/college as a star SS, CF, SP but then major league shortstops suck for the most part. Like, where’d all the good players go?

    Comment by Jim Lahey — February 9, 2012 @ 11:11 am

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