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November 15, 2012

Ian Kinsler would OK move from second base

Second baseman Ian Kinsler said that he would move positions if asked in spring training, a request that would come if the Rangers attempt to wedge rookie Jurickson Profar into the regular lineup.

"I'm paid to be a Texas Ranger," Kinsler said Thursday afternoon before hosting Thanksgiving dinner at the Family Gateway in Dallas. "Where I play on the field is not my decision. I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team win regardless of where I am on the fielder or where I’m hitting in the batting order."

Kinsler believes that he’s a capable second baseman, but Profar would play there unless shortstop Elvis Andrus is traded. Daniels said last week that the Rangers don’t want to trade Andrus, a two-time All-Star.

Left field or first base could be destinations for Kinsler, though he’s a big supporter of the incumbent.

"In my opinion, Mitch Moreland is a winning player," Kinsler said. "He's someone that I don’t want to see go."

-- Jeff Wilson

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