A minority yet vocal element of Texas Rangers fandom, along with a minority yet vocal element of the teams decision-makers, was convinced last fall that a skinny teenager could have saved September.And if September was saved, so was the season, therefore the skinny teenager might have meant another World Series trip for the Rangers.Instead, there was the historic collapse, and .. .Well, sayeth the vocal element, a consolation prize for this kind of failure was that manager Ron Washington had been taught a hard lesson, plus, the decision on playing time for the skinny teenager would now be taken out of the managers hands.Dump the evil Michael Young in the off-season, sayeth the vocal element, and, yes, the 2013 season would be saved by none other than already-legendary prospect Jurickson Profar, who is still skinny, and still baby-faced, but now all of 20.At first glance, the kid may not yet look the part of savior, but at second glance, when hes on the field, everything about him screams: Ball Player.Its not the same kind of scream reserved for the Angels Mike Trout or the Nationals Bryce Harper. Any comparison is unfair.At the same age as Profar, those are already full-grown men. Profar cant do what they do, but he can and probably will do plenty, just a different kind of plenty from Trout or Harper.However, the newspaper headline this week from Arizona was:Profar sent down to Triple A.The kid may yet be the 2013 savior, just not at the moment.While the Profar demotion was no surprise, it does speak to the general state of uncertainty over Profar as the Rangers arrived back on Texas soil Wednesday night, ending a long stay in spring training out West.With all the howling from last September about Profar sitting while Young played (Young hit .313 with 15 RBIs in the final month), and then with general manager Jon Daniels paying almost $11 million just to dump Youngs contract in the off-season, it turns out that Young wasnt the Profar roadblock after all. Imagine that, you idiots.The kid is a shortstop who can play second.The Rangers have an All-Star at shortstop and an All-Star at second.If Profar was going to play here to open the 2013 season, Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler had to be traded in the off-season. No deals were done.There was an attempt to move Kinsler from second to first, freeing up a position for Profar. Kinslers agent said no, and hell no. Kinslers agent did what was right for his player. Its not the job of Kinslers agent to do what might have been right for the team.Basically, spring training opened in mid-February with almost no chance of Profar sticking with the Rangers in April, barring an injury. And while the kid was fairly impressive in Arizona, his play didnt exactly cause the Rangers to have doubts this week about his next destination.Hello, Round Rock. The gushing has stopped for now. The waiting game begins.Trout, of course, didnt make the Angels out of training camp a year ago, went to Triple A, and got the call three weeks later after a slow-mo start for the Anaheim bunch. The rest was rookie history.Can Profar follow that same quick route back to the Rangers?No, he cant, not unless Daniels, now the king of all things baseball in Arlington, gets bold. Or gets crazy.Trade Elvis. Or trade Kinsler.One other route, of course, would be lengthy down time because of an injury for Elvis or Kinsler.All those options, however, are bad.Elvis is one of baseballs best shortstops and a fan favorite. Kinslers bat is desperately needed, meaning he has to bounce back from a dismal 2012 at the plate.Profar is considered baseballs best prospect, but how quick he could produce in the majors is an unknown.Based on the lack of action in the off-season, it may not seem like it, but actually, the Rangers claim they are in a win-now mode. Daniels wants Profar up here, but knows he needs Elvis and Kinsler if it really is about win now.From a trade-value standpoint, Kinslers stock is lower because of 2012. Elvis has immense value as a talent, but his contract (two years before free agency) and his agent (Scott Boras) drops his stock.How about this one: Trade Profar.No, that doesnt necessarily work, even if Daniels had a deal with Profar fronting a package for even a front-line pitcher (say, like, David Price). The Rangers have to hold on to Profar because of the doubts over losing Elvis to free agency in two years, although if it were a Price involved, well, do it anyway.Meanwhile, theres Ron Washington. Its a guarantee that as long as Elvis is here and Kinsler is here, hes playing those guys, and should play those guys. Daniels can change that with a trade.For now, we wait on the young savior.But the irony is if we dont see Profar at all in Arlington this season, even if hes in good health and tearing up Triple A, its actually a good thing.That would mean everything else went right, including with Elvis and Kinsler, on the big-league level. Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.
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