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Monday, May 01, 2017

Jon Daniels on why Rangers demoted Jurickson Profar to Triple-A

In the space of a week, Jurickson Profar has gone from losing a role to losing a job.

Before the start of their 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Sunday, the Rangers claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees, then sent Profar to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. Kozma, 29, is a middle infielder and dyed-in-the wool bench guy. The Rangers still believe Profar’s ceiling is higher than that, so they are sending him to play every day.

“The way the rotation is in left field and the infield right now, with the lack of regular playing time, we felt the time was better spent at Triple-A playing every day,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We believe he’s capable of more, but he’s just not going to get better sitting on the bench. We’d prefer to get him going and for him to get hot and be ready when we have a need.”

Profar’s role had been reduced to bench guy earlier in the week when he lost playing time to Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, jurickson profar, peter kozma, rangers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q&A: Daniels on meteoric rise with Rangers

A lot of good stuff in this one.

MLB.com: You let Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent and traded both Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, all three very popular players. Is it difficult—yet necessary—in your job to not let emotion get in the way of making what you feel is the right baseball move?

Daniels: Absolutely. Anybody would agree with that; every team would have to agree with that. It is hard, man, especially when you’ve had success as a group and you want to keep the team together. John Hart always used to say, “Don’t let a star fall on you.” The most dangerous thing that can happen in the game from an organization standpoint long-term is you get old and you get expensive. You lose the flexibility to do the things that you want to accomplish. You make some of those tough calls.

Sometimes you let it play out like with Josh. We weren’t going to trade Josh, because every year we felt we had a chance to win that year. His value was to play for us. Teixeira, the team wasn’t ready yet, so we traded him. Nellie Cruz was a unique situation coming off the whole Biogenesis deal; we missed on that. He’s been a better player the last four years.
Sometimes they work out, sometimes not. As much as you love these guys and have all these great, shared experiences, the risk of signing everybody is we’re all human, we all get older and our bodies break down. The club can’t win that way.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jon daniels, rangers

 

 

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