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Texas Rangers rumors: Yankees have inquired on Profar

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the New York Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jurickson Profar

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Texas Rangers rumors:  Jurickson Profar is generating interest from multiple teams, including the New York Yankees, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Sherman says that scouts that have seen Profar in the Arizona Fall League, where he has been playing as a DH, say he looks fine.  Profar has fallen off a little after a hot start -- he's 3 for his last 26 -- but he still has a respectable .239/.321/.435 line, and his return to health appears to have teams sniffing around again.

Sherman says that the Yankees interest in Profar would be as a second baseman, but mentions the Padres and Mets as teams that have a need for a shortstop, and have looked at Profar.  The Padres seem like the team that would be a likely candidate to be aggressive in pursuing Profar, given that A.J. Preller, the Padres' g.m., is the guy who signed Profar, and has long been one of his biggest fans.

Profar is expected to start the season in AAA, where he will look to shake off the rust after essentially missing two full seasons, as well as show that he can still throw.  If he gets back to where he was pre-injury, it puts the Rangers in a position where they can either deal Profar for a hefty return, look to move either Rougned Odor or Elvis Andrus, or potentially see if Profar is a fit at third base in a post-Beltre world.