March 4, 2024

Padres bring back Jurickson Profar on one-year deal

PEORIA, Ariz. — The San Diego Padres‘ unsure outfield combine acquired barely extra readability on Monday, when the crew agreed to bring back utility participant Jurickson Profar on a one-year, $1 million contract.

The Padres started spring coaching with solely two outfielders on their 40-man roster in Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jose Azocar, the latter of whom has been at most a part-time starter towards left-handed pitchers. Profar, whose deal remains to be pending the completion of a bodily examination, has in depth expertise in left subject and can even play first base, yet one more place of want.

A 30-year-old switch-hitter who has performed in all places besides catcher, Profar slashed .241/.326/.403 whereas getting near common taking part in time from 2018 to 2022. He signed a one-year, $7.75 million deal with the division rival Colorado Rockies final March and struggled by means of a .689 OPS and eight house runs in 111 video games, then was launched in late August and picked back up by the Padres shortly thereafter, posting an OPS of .776 for the ultimate 14 video games of the 2023 common season.

Profar adopted a down yr by taking part in 21 video games within the Dominican winter league, throughout which he performed primarily first base and left subject, the positions he’s almost certainly to occupy in San Diego. Profar presently stands to get a number of taking part in time, however the Padres are anticipated so as to add extra bats within the coming weeks. Manager Mike Shildt mentioned the outfield combine is “wide open,” with shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill — ranked twelfth by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel — anticipated to see a while within the outfield this spring.

Shildt watched a few of Profar’s video games within the Dominican Republic and referred to as him a “good glue guy to have back.”

“It’s hard to quantify, otherwise we would have this thing figured out in our game,” Shildt mentioned. “But having the experience of knowing how important clubhouses are, knowing how important positive guys that also can share truths with everybody around him, hold guys accountable in a good way — Jurickson brings that.”