Cincinnati Reds: 3 free agents to avoid this offseason

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 20: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 20: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres warms up in the on-deck circle. The Reds need not pursue Profar.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 06: Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres warms up in the on-deck circle. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

2. Jurickson Profar, Infielder

Baseball’s former No. 1 prospect is looking for another address, again. The abbreviated season saw Jurickson Profar put up career-highs in batting average (.278), on-base percentage (.343), and OPS+ (113). But the Cincinnati Reds should not bite on Profar’s tantalizing skillset, as the 27-year-old has never been able to put it all together over a full season.

After being that “can’t miss” prospect prior to the 2013 season, Profar never saw the field from 2014-2015. Five subpar years with the Texas Rangers led to Profar’s next stop in Oakland where things didn’t get much better. Profar put together a solid season for the San Diego Padres last year, but the Reds should steer clear of the utility infielder.

While Profar has experience at shortstop, Cincinnati would be better off with a player like Kyle Farmer playing the position. Profar has a .953 career-fielding percentage and -5 career DRS according to FanGraphs. Profar is little more than a utility player who may be able to land a contract upwards of $5M next season. MLB Trade Rumors projects Profar to sign for $7M.

Signing Jurickson Profar would be redundant, as Cincinnati has Farmer under team control for several more years and he’s arguably a better overall player. Profar’s 2020 campaign will likely net him a contract, but 180 at-bats does not a career make. Profar was responsible for 1.1 WAR last season, but in his previous six major league seasons, Profar accounted for just 2.7 WAR.