Red Sox miss out on intriguing free agent Jurickson Profar


It was another swing and miss by the Red Sox. But fortunately for Chaim Bloom and Co., there are still some opportunities available in these last few weeks of the Major League Baseball offseason.

Jurickson Profar, a free agent utilityman Jon Heyman said the Sox "tried hard" to secure, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Padres. According to Heyman, the contract includes opt-outs after the first two seasons.

The soon-to-be 28-year-old would have represented an interesting piece of the puzzle for the Red Sox, who could have viewed Profar as a solution to their second base vacancy. But beyond infield, the switch-hitter -- who was once labeled the top prospect in all of baseball -- spent the majority of his time in left field for San Diego in 2020.

Profar spent 2019 as the A's everyday second baseman, having originally come up through the Rangers organization as a middle infielder.

After revitalizing his career in 2018 with Texas, finishing with a .793 OPS and 20 homers, Profar struggled in Oakland, hitting just .218.

But after a slow start to 2020 with the Padres, hitting under .200 in the final days of August, Profar finished with a flurry. For September he hit .356 with an .880 OPS, playing exclusively in the outfield.

It is the second time the Red Sox have missed out on securing a potential second base solution, with South Korean second baseman Ha-Seong Kim also choosing the Padres.

There are still numerous second base options still available on the free agent market, with Kike Hernandez and Marcus Semien both being tied to the Red Sox. Kolten Wong is another interesting free agent option.

The Red Sox' current depth chart would most likely put Christian Arroyo at the position, with Michael Chavis and Jonathan Arauz filling in. Jeter Downs is thought ultimately be the Sox' best option at second following this coming season.