West Notes: Profar, Giants, Padres, Dodgers, Victorino

Here's a look at the latest out of baseball's two West divisions…

  • In today's Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney wrote about the Rangers calling up top prospect Jurickson Profar. He says the 19-year-old shortstop gives them flexibility going forward, allowing them to possibly market Elvis Andrus in a trade. 
  • Even though the August waiver trade deadline came and went, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy won't rule out a trade or acquisition in the coming days, tweets Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com.  Baggarly adds that General Manager Brian Sabean continues to explore the market for players that can help down the stretch.
  • The Padres are set to name cross-checker Billy Gasparino as their new scouting director, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com (via Twitter).  Law, who worked with Gasparino in the Blue Jays organization, likes the move for San Diego.
  • The Dodgers logjam in next year's outfield is a good problem to have, but still a problem nonetheless, writes Eric Seidman of Fangraphs.  Recently, Shane Victorino said that he would like to return to Los Angeles in 2013 but scoffed at the notion of signing up for a bench slot.  The Dodgers will likely need someone like a Victorino to act as an insurance policy for Carl Crawford or keep the seat warm for Yasiel Puig.  Convincing someone of Victorino's caliber to sign up for a non-everyday role, however, will be challenging.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.



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