According to venerable Star-Telegram columnist and loooooong time Texas Rangers observer Randy Galloway, the Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies may have a trade match for Lee, and the name to be included is Jurickson Profar.
No, no, no, no, no .... no.
Randy says you trade Jurickson if you must, but this is where Randy is wrong. The Rangers have more leverage and don't need to include him as part of the trade.
Randy's point is when you are in a position you go for it, which is why the Rangers once trade Blake Beaven and Justin Smoak to Seattle a few years ago to acquire Lee. The same for dealing pitcher Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis to Baltimore from reliever SomethingOrOther Uhura.
The Phillies are going to want a lot because they need able young bodies, but right now their primary concern is dumping Lee's massive contract; the Phillies are on the hook for $62.5 million after this season.
The Rangers have leverage in that they will be doing the Phillies a solid by taking that contract off their books. Make no mistake, the Phillies' primary mission is not prospects as much as it is making huge contracts go away.
The Phillies want that money gone? Fine. Take your pick among this array of young, cheap, talented players not named Jurickson Profar.
The conventional baseball logic is a prospect, regardless of how many stars are next to his name, is just that. He is an unproven player. Profar is only 20, and every single sign says he's got it. That's why the Phillies want him.
The Rangers need another stud starting pitcher to make a go at the World Series, which Lee would do, but the Phillies need to dump Lee's massive contract is greater.
Which is why you don't trade Jurickson Profar as part of a deal for Cliff Lee - you don't have to.
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