On Friday morning, it was reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the Padres have re-signed outfielder Jurickson Profar to a three-year deal worth up to $21 million.
In 2020, Profar was as versatile as it got for the Friars. By the end of the season, he had recorded multiple starts across five different defensive positions but saw most of his action out in left field, which is where he’s likely to play the most once again in 2021. His average of .278 in 2020 was a career high while he also added seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 56 total games played.
The 27-year old Profar was once the top prospect in the country and made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers where he hit a home run at his first career at-bat. After being traded to the Athletics, Profar played a lone season in Oakland before being traded once again to San Diego a year later in 2019. He began his time in San Diego by beating out Brian Dozier to be the team’s second baseman before a slow start opened the door for Jake Cronenworth — and we all know what happened after that.
Across seven professional seasons, Profar has a batting average of .238 with 59 career home runs and 222 RBIs with three different teams.