Jurickson Profar Returns To A Familiar Place

After posting his best season in several years in 2022, left fielder Jurickson Profar declined his $7.5M option with the San Diego Padres at the end of the season, then had to scratch and claw throughout the winter to finally find a free agent deal that was able to recoup that number, with the Colorado Rockies. 

But his season in the thin air of Coors Field didn't go as planned; he posted an OPS+ of just 76, with a .236 average, and the Rockies released him two weeks ago. 

Now, Profar has found his way back to San Diego after all, as the Friars have called him up after signing him to a minor league deal last week. 

Now, not to say that Profar's absence was the cause of the Padres' disappointing season—not by any means—but the team is certainly glad to welcome him back. In 2022, the one-time top prospect in baseball played 152 games for the Pads, almost all in LF. He hit 15 homers, with 58 RBIs and 82 runs scored, with an OPS+ 10% better than average, at 110. 

After finishing out the string in San Diego this year, he'll head back out onto the free agent market, with even less chance of landing a multi-year deal than he had last season. In fact, the 30-year-old might have to settle for another minor league pact. 


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