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December 04, 2012

What will the Rangers do at first base?

General manager Jon Daniels said that everything is on the table for the 2013 Rangers and that includes first base. As things stand now, Mitch Moreland and Michael Young will likely man that spot, but ...

There is a thought gaining momentum internally that Ian Kinsler should be the Rangers' first baseman in 2013, a move that would clear a spot for Jurickson Profar to be the everyday second baseman. The thought is that Kinsler would easily pick up first base, and he has said that he's willing to do whatever the club asks of him.

But to move Kinsler would push out a player, Moreland, who pushed out Chris Davis, who hit 33 home runs last season, and futher limit the playing time of Young. That could be taken care of if Philadelphia's interest in Young is sincere; the Phillies and Rangers can work out a deal complicated by the $16 million Young is owed this year; and Young, with full 10-5 rights, approves the trade.

Then, there's Mike Olt, who Daniels confirmed is drawing significant interest from teams in need of a first baseman. The Rangers, though, have asked him to pick up first base, as well as right field in case they aren't able to keep soon-to-be free agents David Murphy and Nelson Cruz after next season.

The Rangers are not looking outside the organization for help at first base. A source said that they are not talking to Adam LaRoche, despite one report that the Rangers were believed to be the leaders on the free agent.

For now, Moreland and Young appear to be the Rangers' first basemen in 2013. But it's only Tuesday at the winter meetings, and there are still two months remaining this off-season.

-- Jeff Wilson

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