Padres to acquire Jurickson Profar from Athletics

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It appears the San Diego Padres have acquired Jurickson Profar from the Oakland A’s for catcher Austin Allen.

For years, speculation around AJ Preller acquiring Jurickson Profar when he was a Texas Ranger swirled once Preller arrived as the newly-minted general manager in San Diego.

Now, Preller has finally acquired the player he once signed as an international free agent but, instead of him coming over as a Ranger, he’ll be obtained from the Oakland Athletics.

Early on December 2nd, the Padres swung a deal with the Oakland A’s to acquire the 26-year-old Profar in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later or cash.

The earlier trade of Luis Urias left a hole at second base that Profar will presumably step into. Injuries have limited Profar, but he has posted back-to-back seasons of over 500 plate appearances with both the Rangers and A’s.

After hitting a relatively healthy .254/.335/.458 in 2018, Profar’s numbers plummetted to a .218/.310/.410 batting line in Oakland. His defensive stock also took a hit as 11 throwing errors at second base stuck him with a -10 DRS.

Peeling back the layers to Profar’s hitting woes leads to a bright potential. His 2019 strikeout and walk ratios were nearly identical to his 2018 ratios while he posted an xWOBA of .323 in 2019. Considering his xWOBA of .325 led to a 2.8 fWAR in 2018, and he still posted a 1.3 fWAR in 2019 despite his flaws is promising enough for the Padres to roll the dice on a bounceback season.

The most significant factor of his 2019 season? His BABIP. In 2019, Profar had a BABIP of .218, the lowest BAIP number amongst qualified batters in the league. However, his 2018 BABIP sat at .269, or around league average, and Profar saw positive gains in his at-bats.

Fangraphs’ “Steamer” projects that Profar will post a 2.2 fWAR season while his wRC+ will bounce back to a 104, fifteen points higher than his 2018 wRC+ of 84. If everything falls in his place, San Diego just made a steal.

In exchange for getting Profar in a brown-and-gold uniform, Preller dipped into a position of strength by trading Allen. After dominating the Pacific Coast League, Allen hit a puny .215/.282/.277 with the Padres. Despite posting substantial framing numbers, Allen has always struggled with throwing out potential base-stealers as opposing players went 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts with Allen behind the dish.

San Diego has plenty of options at both the Major and Minor league level concerning backstops. Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia will share duties (unless an unforeseen trade occurs) at the Major League level while Luis Torrens, Luis Campusano, and Blake Hunt are all options in the minors.

With the addition of Profar, the Padres seem to be set at second base. However, with Greg Garcia and Ian Kinsler still on the roster (for now), it will be interesting to see how Jayce Tingler sets his new chess piece in motion come 2020.

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matt
matt
2 years ago

I prefer to think in a positive fashion with Preller’s moves. I believe we needed another right handed starter and we got Davies who has a better history than Lauer. We needed another outfielder who hits from the left side and we got Grisham who is better than Margot. We needed another arm in the bull pen and we got Pomeranz. I think we can all agree that was a positive move. I did not like giving up on Urias but since we did add Profar, I believe he has the potential to be an upgrade at least over Kinsler,… Read more »

Padre Pete
Padre Pete
2 years ago

Very stupid trade

Erik
Erik
2 years ago

Hit the panic button now!!! For all of those ready to jump ship, grab your parachutes now Before they run out. What did you expect from a team with 70 wins. You all have overvalued what bullets are in the chamber. AA is a prospect and they are trying to do something now. AJ is screwed either way with you guys. Sitting idly by doing nothing or being creative with the options you have. He’s trying to do something which speaks volumes, I’ll stay for the ride on the bandwagon!!! PS when you decide you want back on, just be… Read more »

Carlos Farias
2 years ago
Reply to  Erik

Actually that is my beef. With all the assets you have available for deals, you come up with Profar? How about packaging some of those assets for someone like Merryfield. Be creative and go bigger. I am not jumping of the ship (Been here since 1969) disappointed this team’s management is happy being a bottom feeder for so many years.

Carlos Farias
2 years ago

So far, I am disapppointed with Prellers’s moves. I was hoping to get an outfielder better than Grissom. If you look at his minor league stats, he never hit for decent average and had no power until last season. To me that was a big gamble. Profar is not much of an upgrade at second. So our everyday line-up so far does not look improved. The only pickup I like so far is Davis, which improves our starting pitching. If this is it for Preller, I give the off-season a D+

Gabe
Gabe
2 years ago

Why doesn’t anyone look at this guys stats before bashing the move? All of his K and BB rates were the same as 18′. His hard hit % was the same as 18′. His contact rate and swinging strike rates were the same as 18′ His BAPIP was down by 50 points. That is purely bad luck. Franmil had the same issue last season and no one was calling him a waste etc…. He did struggle with errors last year, but he still produced a 1.3 WAR, which is the same as France/Kinsler/Urias/Garcia produced for us last year. Padres 2B… Read more »

Bil
Bil
2 years ago
Reply to  Gabe

Gabe……NAILED IT!

Padre Pete
Padre Pete
2 years ago
Reply to  Gabe

“Jurikson is an upgrade over Urias and Kinsler in 2020, no doubt about it.”

I’ll give you Kinsler but Urias???? No effing way.

“… but in 3 years we will have Xavier or CJ at the keystone and they are both better prospects than Urias was/is.”

They aren’t guaranteed to be better than Urias. Or even to be starters.

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  Gabe

Look at his stats? I like statistics, I looked at the stats, and I think they can be useful, but they can be twisted in one’s favor. As the saying goes: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Case in point: Profar had one, ONE above-average year offensively. Again, he had one decent/good-but-not-great year, but only on offense. One. AND he had 4 or 5 below average years. On top of this, his defense has been horrible (he nearly led the league in errors). Pro-Preller-Peeps insist we focus mainly on that one year, and the potential… Read more »

Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago
Reply to  Gabe

At a cost of 5M plus! Average ball players can be had for less in FA without giving anything away.

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