Profar still considering playing for Netherlands
After opting out, top prospect and Curacao native tells Texas he's undecided
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is back on the undecided list when it comes to the World Baseball Classic.
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Profar informed the Rangers last week he had decided against playing for the Netherlands in the Classic. As a native of Curacao, Profar was on the country's provisional roster.
But now Profar is telling the Rangers that he is still considering the possibility of playing in the World Baseball Classic, possibly because he is getting pressure from people back in Curacao.
Profar had decided that it might be better to remain with Texas in order to have a better chance of making the team. The Rangers are strongly considering him for a possible role as a utility player on the Opening Day roster.
But the pressure to play in the World Baseball Classic may be hard to resist. Profar told the Rangers that he wants more time to think about it and probably won't make a decision until after reporting to Spring Training next week.
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are still expecting that outfielder Nelson Cruz and third baseman Adrian Beltre will play for the Dominican Republic in the tournament, Engel Beltre will play for Spain and Derek Holland will pitch for the United States.
Adrian Beltre said he wants to play for the Dominican team, but will do so only if he is 100 percent healthy.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.