The Miami Marlins are looking to add bats to improve the offense. It seems that making a trade is the team's best road to improvement. The Fish are among the teams looking at Jurickson Profar as a free agent upgrade however. Would the former elite prospect make sense for The Fish? Profar can't really play in the infield anymore and would have to be the leftfielder. Another option is having him on the bench, but that would be odd. Is going after him worthwhile?
The Miami Marlins are interested in Jurickson Profar.
Jurickson Profar was an elite prospect who looked to be a future MVP candidate in the Major Leagues. It hasn't quite worked out that way however. The now 29 year old debuted at the early age of 19 for the Texas Rangers in 2012. Profar debuted with a .176/.176/.471 batting line and 1 home run and 2 RBI in 9 games and 17 AB. It was clear that he wasn't ready yet, he received another call-up the following season in 2013. Thus time he batted .234/.308/.336 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games and 286 AB.
Serious injury kept Profar from the Majors for the next three seasons. He was finally able to return in 2016, when he received 272 AB in 90 games. He batted .239/.321/.338 with 5 home runs and 20 RBI. In 2017 he batted .172/.294/.207 with 0 home runs and 5 RBI in 22 games and 58 AB. It looked pretty bad for him at this point. In 2018, he batted .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI in 146 games and 524 AB. This was also his final season in Texas, as they traded him to the Oakland Athletics in 2019.
For Oakland in 2019, Profar batted .218/.301/.410 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI in 139 games and 459 AB. He hit free agency after the season and signed a surprising 3 year deal with the San Diego Padres. In the shortened 2020 season, he batted .278/.343/.428 with 7 home runs and 25 RBI in 56 games and 180 AB. In 2021, he batted .227/.329/.320 with 4 home runs and 33 RBI in 137 games and 353 AB. In 2022, he batted .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 152 games and 575 AB.
I think that it's pretty clear that Jurickson Profar is good at getting on base, but doesn't really offer much else to a team besides that. He's not a good contact hitter and isn't a good power hitter (though he's capable of hitting 20 home runs). I dont think that the Miami Marlins should sign him.