Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rangers ready to deal Kinsler?
By AJ Mass
With the trio of Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Jurickson Profar all under contract for the Texas Rangers, it would appear as though there's currently one too many middle infielders in the dugout. According to Jeff Wilson of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the one most likely to be wearing a new uniform next season is Kinsler.
Citing general manager Jon Daniels's intention to have Profar in the 2014 lineup on an everyday basis -- and at one position -- Wilson suggests that the writing appears to be on the wall that either Andrus or Kinsler will be headed elsewhere in order for that to happen.
"Though Kinsler still has four years and $62 million remaining on his contract, if any Rangers player is going to be traded his off-season, it’s him," Wilson writes. "The Rangers might have to eat as much as half of the money owed to their three-time All-Star to move him, and other teams in need of a second baseman might first try to get free agent Robinson Cano and Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, who is said to be available."
Potential landing spots for Kinsler could be with the New York Yankees, should they not re-sign Cano, and the Atlanta Braves, who are not exactly enamored with current second baseman Dan Uggla, and vice versa. Expect the Rangers to monitor Cano's free agency as it progresses, as they are sure to pick up the phone and discuss Kinsler with teams that end up falling short in that pursuit.