After signing Elvis Andrus to a contract extension, the Rangers made an even bigger move today by trading second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Brewers. They immediately called up Jurickson Profar from AAA Round Rock. The move indicates the organization’s desire to have Andrus and Profar as their defensive mainstays up the middle for several seasons to come.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I’ve been clamoring for this trade for over a year and cannot be more excited about it. Finally, the team gets to move forward with their young talent and get rid of the albatross that has been the worst second baseman and one of the worst lead off hitters in the league.
From what I’ve read, they are going to move Andrus to lead-off and let Profar hit second. That’s a big place in the lineup for such a young unestablished player, but the Rangers have had high hopes for Profar since the beginning. We will see how it plays out with him in that spot. Even if they have to juggle the lineup some later to move him down the order, I think in the long run this is an excellent move.
And, now you guys don’t have to read me complain about Kinsler anymore, so we all win.
So, the Brewers acquire Kinsler via trade. Pending a physical, in return, the Rangers will get three Louisville Slugger bats, a gift certificate to Red Lobster (amount to be determined later), and a one-year membership to Netflix for the clubhouse.