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The have officially placed on the 15-dayAl Gharafa have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia.Kodjia arrived in Doha to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms earlier this week to bring his stay at Villa to an end after three-and-a-half seasons.The @J_Kodjiapic.twitter.com/1PALoC4kkN— Al Gharafa SC (@ALGHARAFACLUB) January 19, 2020 disabled list, the club announced Sunday.

Forsythe will miss about six weeks due to plantar fasciitis. He was likely to start at third base with Chase Headley out. Instead, his injury opens up playing time for Alexi Amarista and Cody Ransu Suning.It broke on Sunday that Real had ended ntus.The Sun says Sarri is the Italian giants’ No 1 target after cooling their interest in ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte.Stamford Bridge chief Sarri, 60, is preparing his team for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal but his future istalks with the Chinese giants over the sale of the Wales captain.And speaking with ESPN, agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed the reports.”They changed their minds when the player was given the go-ahead tosom in the Padres infield.

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Playing time at third base may have opened up for in the wake of Logan Forsythe’s foot injury. Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Thursday and is out at least six weeks.

The will start the season using Jedd Gyorko, Cody Ransom and Amarista to coveper Thibaut Courtois’ plaque at the Wanda Metropolitano was again vandalised before their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Courtois played 154 games for Atlético Madrid between 2011 and 2014, and his plaque was vandalised ahead of the derby on 9 Februer second and third base as a result. Amanchester United legend Roy Keg Bobby Duncan’s situation.Duncan’s agent Salif Rubie hit out at Liverpool in a lengthy statement on Twitter after an offer from Fiorentina was turned down.Duncan initially endorsed the statement with a quote tweet before deleting it shortly afterwarane has enjoyed a swipe at Liverpool.Keane aimed a cheeky dig at Manchester United’s fiercest rivals during his appearance at the Off The Ball Roadshow in Dublin on Wednesday night.Discussing United’s dominance in the laarista, the only left-handed batter of the bunch, could get a decent chunk of playing time against right-handed pitching.

Amarista hit .240/.282/.385 in 105 games as a Padre last year. He lacks punch and Petco Park won’t help anything there, but he stole eight bases on 12 attempts in about half a season’s worth of plate appearance’s last year, and as such he may be worth a flyer in deep or NL-only leagues for speed.

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reports on Thursday that the optioned to their Triple-A club in Toledo. 

Rondon, 22, had his name thrown around all winter as the team’s potential closer by general manager Dnager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesave Dombrowski, but he failed to deliver on the promise this spring, with a 5.84 ERA and 2.11 WHIP — including nine walkser can deliver trophies.The Frenchman joined his teammates for their trip to Australia on Sunday, despite his agent Mino Raiola confirming he wanted to leave the club over the weekend.Real ty legend Shaun Goater insists they can afford a defeat at Liverpool on Sunday in the title race.Goater, who scored 103 goals in 212 games over six season with the club between 1998 and 2003, insisted it was still too early for a loss to be fatal to Madrid are the frontrunners to sign the World Cup winner, wit — over 12 1/3 innings. 

Knobler says the team will go with a committee, which could include Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, and Al Alburquerque. 

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pitcher will attempt to solidify his role in the team’s rotation Tuesday.

Cuique Setien is being linked with Watford.Quique Sanchez was sacked by the Hornets earlier this week.Sport says Setién is one of the men the Hornets are keen on along with Roger Schmidt, Chris Hughton, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce. Hayden Mullins iashner will get the start against the Giants, and could win the fifth spot in the rotation based on how he performs. He’s been limited to just six innings this spring, after injuring his thumb during the offseason. 

Cashner is builg tracked by Swanseated on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator gets a good view and I hope that and Bristol City in the Championship plus clubs in Germany should he be made available on a short-term deal.The Sun says Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will weigh up whether allow Brewster out to get regular football for the second half oding up his arm strength this spring, and only went 2 2/3 innings in his last start. If he can build up his arm strength, Cashner would be the likely candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. If he’s unable to do that, he would build up innings as a long-man in the pen, or in Triple-A, and rejoin the team’s rotation after a few weeks. 

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The Kansas City Star reports Sunday that shorstop is expected to play three innings during a minor league game. It will be his first actiAlex Iwobi.Xavier believes Iwobi is the man to watch when his team faces Nigeria on Sunday.”With Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier told BBC Sport.“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opon in a game in over a week after he’d been dealing with stiffness in his back. 

Escobar is expected to start at shortstop on opening day for the Royals. He’s hitting .290 thiis work as manager at Chelsea.The Blues legend joined in the summer from Derby County, with some fans doubtful about the impact he could make given he is so new e have six offers from different clubs on the table for Soumare. There has been no indications made as to which clubs have submitted a bid for the Frenchman but Napoli, Real Madrid, Valencia and Manchester City have all previously been linked with hito management.But Lampard has ushered in a new style of play, while promoting several yous spring over 31 at-bats with three RBI, two triples and a double. 

2013 Team Preview: Houston Astros

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For the poor, miserable , it’s all about the future. Fortunately for the Astros, the future is shaping up to be as bright as the present is dismal. That’s thanks in large part to a general manager who knows a thing or three about rebuilding a young talent base.

Let’s break down the AL West’s newest combatant …

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1. , 2B2. Ronny Cedeno/Marwin Gonzalez, SS3. , DH4. , LF5. , 1B6. , CF7. , C8. , RF9. , 3B

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Alex White or Brad Peacock

Closer: Setup: ,

C , IF

— Jed Lowrie, in this instance — who’s stretched defensively at short and who has never managed more than 97 games played in a season, and you get in  return a haul that includes the useful likes of Chris Carter, and , you’ve made a nifty little move. This is kind of the seemingly back-page transaction that new GM Jeff Luhnow has made a habit of since taking over. From the Astros’ standpoint, that’s a very good thing.

“It appears Veras will get a chance to close for the Astros, and to look at his double-digit strikeout rates per nine innings from the last three seasons, one might think he could succeed in the role. Veras is able to get Ks as a result of recording a high rate of called strikes, but far too often his pitches fall outside the strike zone. Of this season’s prospective closers, only Carlos Marmol threw strikes at a lower rate last season. Marmol has had his problems in the ninth inning, and Veras doesn’t miss as many bats as the Cubs’ closer. Even in deeper leagues, owners can find safer options than Veras, and he could very well lose his job to Wesley Wright, or by midseason.” — Al Melchior []

Full, unqualified embrace of the rebuilding process.

Most teams in rebuilding mode tend to hedge — they’ll sign a superfluous mid-line vet or two so as to pacify the fan base. Or they’ll lose patience and strive for contention before they’re truly ready. The Astros under Luhnow and owner Jim Crane, however, are indulging in no such half-measures. As noted in , just two players remain from the team’s 2011 opening-day roster. It’s a necessary demo job, as Luhnow’s precessor, Ed Wade, put off the process for too long. In a related matter, Luhnow has drastically improved the farm system in a relatively short amount of time. It’s not just the high-ceiling likes of 2012 top overall pick ; it’s also about the incredible system-wide depth that Luhnow has built by pawning off veterans who couldn’t possibly be a part of the next good Astros team.

In terms of wins and losses at the major-league level, things might indeed get worse before they get better. But the utter commitment to the rebuilding process is as rare as it is praiseworthy. Slowly but surely, Luhnow and the Astros will get this done. In large part, that’s because the Astros have so wholeheartedly devoted themselves to creating a foundation of young talent. Given Luhnow’s prior success in turning the Cardinals’ farm system from one of the worst into the very best, it’s obvious he has the acumen for a project of even this scope. All that’s needed is patience and the single-mindedness that’s already in place.

Also, .

Pretty much the entire major-league roster.

All you need to do is survey the above lineup and rotPaul on his shopping list.Marotta remains unconvinced by Inter’s midfield options, despite the additions of Stefano Sensi and Christian Eriksen, says Tuttosport.As such, he has put De Paul back on his list of transfer targets.Before Serie A’s coronavation and bullpen and bench, and you’ll quickly realize that the Astros are going to lose an indecent number of games in 2013. Also consider that this team lost 107 games last season (and 106 the year before that) while playing in the NL Central. Now, they’re base-jumping into the AL West, which boasts three winning clubs and two playoff teams from a season ago. Now add in the improved Mariners, and the Astros could lose, well, an even more indecent number of games. Is the modern-day record of 120 losses endured by the 1962 Mets within reach? Probably not, but it will be a “chase” that bears monitoring. Insofar as the roster is concerned, it’s also worth noting that, outside of possibly Jose Altuve, not many current Astro regulars figure to have any bearing on the team’s long-term future. This franchise truly is “all-in” on the replenished farm system. The consoling news is that the Astros will al a new deal.The Telegraph says the Magpies will make one final attempt to convince Benitez to sign a new contract this week as it appears increasingly likely he will quit the club.Benitez’s contract will expire on June 30 and he is expected to announmost certainly lock up the top overall pick in the draft for the third straight year.

Last place by respectable margin but not good enough to needlessly squander their draft position, fewer than 100 losses.

Also, with any luck, nothing like this will happen in 2013 …

Or this …

Last place by a disrespectable margin and enough losses to dislodgeeille striker has been in talks with Flamengo about a move to Brazil and a contract offer has been received.However, Sky Italia says Balotelli is set to sign for Brescia – with an announcement potentially today.Brescia have tabled the striker a €1m the ’62 Mets from the bottom rung of infamy.

Last place by a margin that skews more disrespectable than respectable. A loss total that’s comfortably in the triple digits but not historically so. Top overall draft pick!

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insists transfer speculation around the Spurs squ

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Making his spring debut against Spain’s World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnsora after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s Champions League semifinal win at Ajax.The Barcelona great says he was happy for his fellow Brazilian on the night.He told Betfair: “I can’t remember how much I cheered during a game. Then I look at the goals, n out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times rites to land Spezia striker David Okereke.The young forward is a target for Sassuolo, though they’re falling behind Saints in the race for his io coach Simone Inzaghi insists he never doubted his position after victory at AC Milan.Inzaghi led Lazio to a first win at San Siro since 1989 on Sunday.He said, “I know what football is like. “I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my ssignature.Okereke favours a move to England and Southampton are happy to outbid all rivals to convince Spebetween the regular season and playoffs last year.

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Top pitching prospect took the mound on Wednesday in Cactus League action againlieves there’s more old boys like h Dummett withdrew himself from Wales selection for the sake of his Newcastle United career.The Evening Chronicle says Dummett has not closed the door for good with Wales and the conversation with coach Ryan Giggs is still an open one.But in the long imself eager to return to the Dutch giants. The Holland international, after four years away in England with Manchester United, chose to return to the Eredivisie and Ajax last year. It was a decision that paid off hst the Indians. Seattle’s No. 1 overall prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus, followed prospect to the mound and completed two innings. Walkerirror says they are so worried by Gareth Bale’s injury history they will only offer the winger a pay-as-you-play deal.Fresh reports indicate the Red Devils want to cover their backs if Real Madrid ace Bale wants to sign – having hired a private inves did not allow a run or hit as he walked one and struck out two batters. Walker has allowed a hit over two scoreless innings this spring.

Loria says no extension for Giancarlo Stanton in 2013

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As part of owner Jeffrey Loria’s charm offensive (light on charm, heavy on offense) he is — in addition to — addressing the media for first time since .

In the midst of his conversation with members of the local media, he addressed ‘s contract status. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post :

“We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year. He is here for certainly the foreseeable d by Everton for their vacant managerial role.But the former Arsenal boss, who was sacked in December, prefers a return to Spain.”Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview,” Emery said infuture and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment. …

He will be here this year and I’m hopeful he will come here the next year. … I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He’d the young giant inantamaria is attracting big Premier League interest.L’ Equipe says Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Everton are all weighing up a move for Santamaria, who has a contract with Angers until 2022.Angers are keen to extend the 24-year-old’s deal, but in the ball club but you can’t make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time. …

I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable.”

Stanton has just a bit more than two years of major-league service time, so there’s nothing urgent in that sense. Still, you’ll notice a lot of hedgingthe Champions League spots.But he feels there is big competition from at least five other teams for a fourth-place finish.Tottenham face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after a 2-0 vict, qualifiers and Loria-speak in the above excerpt. Of course, all of this presumes that a player of Stanton’s gifts and dedication to craft has any interest in remaining with this self-parody of an organization.

In a related matter, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes that of altering the team’s longstanding policy of not offering no-trade clauses. Locking up a player like Stanton long-term would almost certainly require such a provision.

Unless, like, say, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, he’s content to take Loria at his sterling, unimpeachable word.

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apped Alvaro Odriozola after defeat at Real Mallor

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White Sox reliever was held out of drills Tuesday because of elbow discomfort.inst Manchester City.The Clarets have been one of the most impressive sides in th Moggi says Fiorentina should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Italy.The Swedish is currently inviting controversy at LA Galaxy.Moggi, who signed Ibra for Juve, told Firenzeviola.it: “Zlatan has a biological physique that allows him to perform at hise Premier League this season, given their limited resources.But they were unable to hold off City’s attacking onslaught in the second half of their Premier League clash An MRI confirmed Thornton has inflammation and the left-hander will be held out of workouts for the time being. “He just said he didn’t feel right. We have so much time down here, it’s safer to slow him down and get him out of drills and make sure he’s comfortable before he continues on,” manager Robin Ventura told .com. “You’re concerned every time a guy has that. I’m not sure what level he’s at, but again, the beauty of being down here so early is that you can give him the time off and he can catch up and there’s’t join the rest of his Real Madrid teammates in the team’s pre-season preparations ahead of their tour in Canada.Instead, there was a total agreement between Real Madrid and Racing Santander for Zinedine Zidane’s son, while Keylor Navas is expected nothing wrong with it.”

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The Rays announced Sunday they signed to a minor-league contract. He reported for sprat Blythe Spartans.Thsays Manchester United need to rediscover their identity.Paul Pogba’s agent feels that there must first be a clear vision for the first team so that he can thrive in the centre of the park – citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic style that saw 13 Premiere 21-yomelu Lukaku.Corriere dello Sport says United are willing to consider the loan proposal tabled by Inter, but are insisting the terms be improved.Inter are offering €10m for a two season loan with a permanent option worth €60m.United are open to tear-old was one of the stars of the season in the Under-23s last season and has been spending time at National League North side Blyth under former Toon player Lee Clark.But the keeper has now ended his spell at Croft Park.ing training Sunday.

2013 Prospect Watch: Toronto Blue Jays

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Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists but should provide a look at some key players within each tea by manager Unai Emery.Their frailties were ­exposed as soon as they came up against a top team, with ­ Liverpool beating them 3-1 last weekend. Petit told the Mirror: “I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ‘s opem’s organization.

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Prospects can have value in two ways. The primary one is obvious — when they reach their ceilings, they become the stars and role-players of the future. This offseason, the reminded us of their other value: trade chips. This offseason, Toronto turned most of their best prospects — numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 in their system according to  — into a team primed to compete for the American League East title. Still, the club had a deep system before the trades. It’s much weaker now, but the remains aren’t barren.

2013 Impact Player

The Blue Jays are in the enviable position of not needing to rely on a prospect in a prominent role for 2013. But between , and there’s a good chance the rotation needs a fill-in at some point. If so, it’ll likely be Nolin, a hulking 23-year-old lefty. Nolin is a four-pitch starter, with a low-90s fastball, excellent changeup and a developing slider and curveball. The changeup will be the key if he manages to make the majors in 2013, as he’s sure to be met with platoon right-handed batters in droves upon his arrival. Nolin is likely to begin in Double-A, but he tore through the low-minors and if he dominates like he did in 2012 — 2.04 ERA, 108 strikeouts against 27 walks in 101.1 innings — the Blue Jays could turn to him in the second half of 2013.

Future Star

Sanchez, Toronto’s 2010 first-round pick, was the sole jewel the club didn’t have to part with in assembling their new crew. The 20-year-old dazzled in his first run through full-season professional baseball in 2012 with a 2.49 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He allowed just 64 hits the entire season, setting the stage for the real test this year in Double-A. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Sanchez defines the projectable frame. He has an excellent fastball (rated tops in the system even before the trading frenzy by Baseball America, as was his curveball) and could just get better as his body fills out. The question is if he can shore up his control and command. Sanchez walked 51 and hit seven batters last season, a number he’ll need to slash before he reaches the majors. Still, his raw stuff and accomplishments in his young career make him one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Wild Card

Stroman was a possibility to reach the majors last season before he was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (specifically, methylhexaneamine, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement as well as a nasal decongestant). As such, we won’t be seeing Stroman early in 2013, but if he can return from his suspension and continue to show his excellent stuff, he’ll be an option for the Blue Jays’ bullpen around midseason. Stroman was a first-round selection by the Jays in 2012 out of Duke, and the polish he picked up in college is what could allow him to hit the majors so quickly. Stroman alreielder Marko Grujic.Speaking at Hertha’s AGM meeting on Sunday, Preetz revealed he is in constant talks with the Reds and Jurgen Klopp regarding a possible return to Berlin for the midfielder.”I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the ady features a major-league slider and used it to get 23 strikeouts in just 19.1 innings last season. He also features a fastball with upper-90s capability. The true wild card is Stroman’s height (5-9). Getting such velocity out of a short frame is a rarity, although it will make it difficult for Stroman to generate the angles necessary to get ground balls. Still, if he has two pitches that can generate swings and misses like his fastball and slider have the potential to, he can be a force out of the bullpen.

With the American League East looking as weak as it has at any time in recent years, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays knew they wouldn’t have any better chance to strike. It meant parting with many of the prospects that defined the system as one of the league’s greatest. But there’s still something to be mined from Toronto’s farm system, both now and down the road.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysiRoma have warned they must cough up big to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Taison.The Brazilian, 31, wants to join his former Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Roma.But agent Diego Dornelles told RomaPress: “The situation is stalled by Shakhtar’s refusal to negotiate.”They want the buyout clause paid. Another Italian side even tried to negotiate but they were unsuccessful.“The clause is €30m.”s on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

Giants claim infielder Tony Abreu off waivers from Royals

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The announced Monday that the team has claimed infielder off waivers from the .

Abreu was designated for assignment in late January after the Royals claimed catcher off waivers.

The 28-year-old switch-hitting Abreu has played 168 games since debuting inve asked Ajax to name their price for Sven Botmng Real Madrid as a teenager.Neymar famously trialled at Real as a junior player before eventually leaving Santos for Barcelona. Both LaLiga giants are now trying to prise the Brazilian away from PSG.Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: “If he didn’t go thean.De Telegraaf says Norwich have sought to open talks with Ajax about a fee for the defender, who is currently on-loan with SC Heerenveen.With Botman still on a youth team contract, the Canaries can sna 2007, hitting .252/.280/.355 with four home runs in 464 plate appearances.

Abreu hit .257/.284/.357 in 74 plate appearances last season with the Royals. He spent most of his seled out a title challenge this new season.Emery says the gap to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool is too big to close.He warned: “We need to be realistic because the distance between City and Liverpool to us is a lot of points.”We neason with Triple-A Omaha, hitting .322/.347/.492 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in 453 plate appearances. Abreau is a familier face in the NL West, playing for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Dodgers in 2007 and ’09.

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The Red Sox and relief pitcher agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $4.1 million to avoid arbitration, CSN New England reports. Bailey was limited to just 19 appearances last season, his first with Boston, and didn’t make his season debut until mid-Auguends with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.The pair had a season together at the Nou Camp before Eto’o left for Impions Bayern Munich.Boateng has long been linked with a move away, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United linked last summer.The Gunners are emerging as a possible destination this offseason.He has not been first choice for Bayern this nter Milan in a swap for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”I love him as a coach, but not as a person,” said Eto’o to Marca.”I learned to play footbast because of a thumb n their academy.Along with Manchester United, the Blues are keen on signing the talented 16-year-old.Bellingham has made 32 appearances this season and Birmingham reportedly want £50m for his signature.But any move from Chelsea could have ramificatiinjury. He collected just six saves after registering at least 24 saves in each of his previous three seasons as a member of the Athletics.

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?

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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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