Keith Law of ESPN.com went on ESPN Radio in Dallas and said if he were running the Rangers, he would only trade shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar for David Price if the Rays threw in more pieces (via ESPNDallas.com).
The argument is that six years of a shortstop, whom Law ranks as the top prospect in baseball, is more valuable than three years of one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball. Of course, Law is always a pro-prospects guy so his slant is not surprising. But the thought of Price-for-Profar is an intriguing one.
Profar will turn 20 later this month. And in double-A last season he hit .281 with 14 home runs, 16 stolen bases, a .368 OBP, and an impressive 79-to-66 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But maybe the most important stat is salary.
Profar will make approximately $1.5 million total over the next three seasons. Price, the reigning Cy Young winner, will make $10.1 million this season alone. And it is not unreasonable to think Price will make $40-45 million over the next three seasons in arbitration.
But what if the Rangers offered Profar for Price with the declaration that it is now or never? Obviously we all prefer to keep Price this season. And obviously, if you are the Rays, you would think long and hard about making this trade next off-season.
But no matter when Price is dealt, and no matter how good of a package the Rays receive, they won’t get a better player than Profar. And because of that, the Rays might have to make that trade.