Free Agent Jurickson Profar Finally Finds a New Deal, Signing with the Rockies
There aren’t too many free agents left who merit big league deals, but utility man Jurickson Profar was one of the few. He finally got his deal today, and it’s probably less than he was likely hoping for when he opted out of his deal with the Padres, but it’s still a net plus for him.
Profar, who took a $1 million buyout instead of a $7.5 million salary, gets $7.75 million from the Rockies:
Profar, 30, hit .243/.331/.391/110 wRC+ last year, bouncing back from a very down 2021 season. Working against him, though, is that he’s mostly played the outfield the last few years, and hasn’t rated particular well at it. Thus, a very soft market for his services, and a very modest bump on what he otherwise would’ve expected to earn this year.
That said, as a low-strikeout, high-line-drive guy playing at Coors Field, I could see Profar do very well this season on the BABIP side, which would float his overall production. Good fit here, I suspect.