May 01, 2017

Jurickson Profar is REALLY sucking if his replacement is Pete Kozma

The Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has been optioned to the minors to be replaced by Yankees castoff and, before that, Cardinals non-standout Pete Kozma. The Pete Kozma for whom I invented the Kozma Line, the sabermetric version of the Mendoza Line named after Mario Mendoza.

THAT Pete Kozma. (Who was himself sent by the Cards down to Memphis when he fell below the Kozma Line.) The Pete Kozma who didn't even play in the majors in 2016.

Weirdly from the Rangers' POV, Profar is hitting better than Kozma, relatively speaking, this year, and the two of them are washes for each other in fielding stats.

MLB Trade Rumors has more on their possible reasoning. Basically, the stRangers still have hopes for Profar and don't want him to gather rust and butt-splinters on the bench, whereas Pete Kozma is already ... Pete Kozma, and at the baseball-old age of 29, unlikely to ever be anything but Pete Kozma.

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