ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hector Santiago says he doesn't want to be traded, but if he keeps pitching like he is, he could draw plenty of interest from teams looking to make a playoff push.
The non-waiver trading deadline is less than two weeks away, meaning Santiago's start for the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday against the Texas Rangers could be his last if the club decides to deal him.
Santiago has a lot going for him -- he's left-handed, he has experience out of the bullpen, and most notably, he's on a roll.
Santiago has thrown 22 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. He's lost just once over his last nine starts, the club going 7-2 in those games. However, he hasn't been very good against the Rangers, going 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA in three starts this season.
The Rangers, though figure to see a different Santiago than the one they saw earlier this season.
"It's a combination of really good stuff with command," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Santiago's impressive stretch. "Not only is he getting the ball in the zone, he's getting it into good spots. He's pitching in well, changing speeds, getting the ball to the outside corner, he has some great life on his stuff."
Trading Santiago, though, might not make financial sense to the Angels. Santiago is making $5 million this year and is eligible for arbitration in 2017. He isn't eligible for free agency until 2018.
Left-hander Martin Perez will start for Texas.
The Rangers figure to be involved in trade talks as well in the coming days, as infielder Jurickson Profar seems to be drawing plenty of interest. He didn't start Tuesday's game against the Angels, but he has started games this season at four different positions -- first base, second base, shortstop and third base -- as well as designated hitter.
And now, Profar is taking fly balls in the outfield, expanding manager Jeff Banister's options to get him in the lineup more often. Profar leads the team in hitting with a .316 average.
"We are trying to expand his skill set," Banister told MLB.com. "This is something we talked about. Look, he has been here long enough and we have challenged him to do a number of things and he has answered all the challenges. We like the professional at-bats he gives us. Expanding his versatility helps him out and helps us out. Players force you to either play them or take them out. He continues to play well."
Profar said he has no problem moving around the field this year, but wants to be a starting shortstop next year, even if that means a trade.
"I have no problem with that if it's going to make the team better," Profar told MLB.com. "That means I'm playing very good. That makes me happy."
Profar's versatility, though, would seem to make him a more valuable tool for the Rangers' playoff push.
One Ranger who isn't going anywhere is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who loves playing at Angel Stadium. He has more homers (19) and RBIs (67) in Anaheim than any other road ballpark.
And those 19 homers are the fifth most by any visiting player in Anaheim, trailing Alex Rodriguez (38), Jose Canseco (24), Juan Gonzalez (24), and Rafael Palmeiro (24). All five, by the way, played part of their careers with the Rangers.