Jurickson Profar made his spring-training debut Friday morning, saying that he doesn't want to be traded and didn't spend the off-season hoping for a trade.
But, as has been the case for years now, he wants to be on the field regularly.
"I know this team loves me a lot, and I love them," he said. "I'm ready to help them win. I just want to play and help the team win. I know I can do it."
It appears the only way Profar can play for the Rangers every day is for an injury to befall either shortstop Elvis Andrus, second baseman Rougned Odor or third baseman Adrian Beltre.
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Profar will be playing in the infield this spring rather than attempting to win a spot in left field. He likes that plan, saying that focusing on infield play will allow the best in him to come out.
"I'm confident that I'm going to be good," he said. "I just want to become the best player I know I can be."
Profar was on the Opening Day roster last season but struggled when given the chance to start in left field. He was shuttled to Triple A Round Rock, where he spent most of the season.
The Rangers chose to not give him a September call-up, which initially peeved Profar. He said that general manager Jon Daniels called to explain the decision — he didn't want Profar to sit and gather dust on the bench — and that soothed his disappointment.
But he also said that the opportunity to play every day at Round Rock was beneficial. He played without any concerns or limitations for the first time since missing two seasons because of a shoulder injury, and that has prepared him for 2018.
"I think the best thing for me was to go play every day," Profar said.
That's unlikely to happen this season, with the Rangers. Profar is out of minor-league options and will be on the Opening Day roster. However, if the Rangers want to send him to the minors, he would have to pass through waivers first.
It is expected that a team would claim him.