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Jurickson Profar traded to Oakland by Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas / OAKLAND, California / ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (USA) - Jurickson Profar is now a player of the Oakland Athletics. The infielder from Curaçao was traded on Friday (December 21) by Texas Rangers in a deal that also involved Tampa Bay Rays.

...Jurickson Profar with the Netherlands during the...
...2017 World Baseball Classic in Seoul (South Korea)...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In exchange for Profar, Texas received four Minor League -players. Short stop Eli White came from Oakland and lefthanded starting pitcher Brock Burke and relievers Kyle Bird and Yoel Espinal came from Tampa Bay. Burke and White were labeled as prospects at their former club.

Tampa Bay gets reliever Emilio Pagan and the 38th choice in next year Draft from Oakland, plus Minor League pitcher Rollie Lacey from Texas. Lacey came to the Rangers-organization this June from Chicago Cubs as one of three players in the trade for Major League-pitcher Cole Hamels.

Jurickson Profar plays in the Major League since 2012. Back then, he played in nine games for Texas Rangers for whom he played in 85 games in 2013. Profar then missed the entire 2014 and 2015 season with a shoulder-injury. He returned in 2016, playing in 90 games for the Rangers. In 2017, his Major League-action was limited to only 22 games.

This season was his best in the Major League. The 25-year old infielder played in 146 games, scored 82 runs and collected 133 basehits, including 35 doubles, six triples and 20 homeruns. He batted in 77 runs, walked 54 times and stole 10 bases. Profar closed the season with a .254 batting average, a .458 slugging average and .335 on-base percentage. All career-highs.

After making his professional debut in 2010 at the Single-A level, Profar was added to the Major League-roster on September 1, 2012. He made his debut the next day at age 19. In the game against Cleveland Indians, Profar was the starting second baseman. When leading off in the third inning, he hit a homerun in his first Major League-at bat on the fourth pitch he saw! In his first game, Profar was 2-for-4, as he added a double in his second at bat.

Profar played for the Netherlands National Baseball Team during the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017. In both years, the team reached the Semi-Final. In 2013, Profar was added to the roster for the Semi-Final to replace injured Yurendell de Caster. Profar also played for the Orange squad in 2016 during the Samurai Japan Warm-Up Games in Tokyo (Japan). In total, Profar played in ten official international games for the Netherlands Team.

(December 21)

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