The Yankees are interested in making a trade prior to Monday’s deadline to freeze the 40-man roster until the Rule 5 draft in December. One player that caught their attention is Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Technically, the Yankees don’t need another infielder; they already have Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Chase Headley, and Ronald Torreyes at the Major League level, with Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar knocking on the door to ‘The Show’. However, the Yankees would be willing to take one player in exchange for multiple pitchers who are on the 40-man bubble.A few arms the Yankees are willing to part with are Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Chasen Shreve, Caleb Smith, Ben Heller, Jonathan Holder, Giovanny Gallegos, Ronald Herrera, and J.P. Feyereisen.
If the Rangers are on the fence of parting with Profar, it would be in their best interest to get value for him since he’s out of minor-league options. Profar would have to make the 25-man roster in Spring Training or enter the waiver market. Regardless if the Rangers trade Profar, the Yankees would be their best trade partner since the Rangers are in the market for pitching.
Sherman believes the most logical spot for Profar would be third base, since Andujar, Torres and Tyler Wade will be given opportunities to cut into Headley’s playing time. Profar could also take Torreyes’ job as the lone utilityman should the Yankees go that route.