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January 12, 2013

Ian Kinsler looks to bounce back as Rangers second baseman in 2013

Ian Kinsler is the Texas Rangers’ second baseman. He’s had the job since 2006 and he’ll stay in it going into next season.

Kinsler and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels discussed the possibility of Kinsler moving to first base in mid-December, which would have created an opening for top prospect Jurickson Profar. Kinsler initially said he’d be open to it, but after thinking it over his preference was to stay at second base.

Kinsler and Daniels met before Christmas to discuss the situation, and came to a resolution that Kinsler would remain at second.

“Second base is where I want to play and I still feel I have a lot to give this team in that position,” Kinsler said. “It’s nice that I’m at a position where I think I’ll help us win.”

Kinsler admitted he didn’t play up to his potential last season. He committed 18 errors, tying his career high, and batted only .256 with a career-low .326 on-base percentage.

“When you look on the back of anybody’s baseball card, there’s always a bad year somewhere,” Kinsler said. “My goal now is to rebound and have an MVP-caliber season like I’m expected to have.”

Kinsler said he hasn't given much thought to Profar likely beginning the season at Triple A Round Rock, saying: "I'm just focused on myself. I'm not worrying about anyone else."

-- Drew Davison

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