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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Ian Kinsler would change positions if asked

By Richard Durrett



DALLAS -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said Thursday that he would change positions if needed but has not been asked to do so by the club.

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The question was asked because that's one possible scenario should the Rangers decide to make Jurickson Profar an everyday player and not make any trades to free up space for him.

"It's not my job to think about that," said Kinsler, who talked to the media briefly before hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, along with his wife Tess, for children in need. "It's my job to play baseball."

Profar made his debut in September and was No. 1 on ESPN.com's midseason prospect rankings, compiled by Keith Law. He hit a home run in his first career at-bat and had a double in that same game. He played in nine games to get a taste of the big leagues. And now the club has to decide if he's ready to play on a daily basis in 2013.

That call probably won't be made until later in the offseason as general manager Jon Daniels and his staff put together more pieces for next year's roster.

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Outside of that brief answer, Kinsler said he didn't want to talk baseball, declining to reflect on how the season ended for the Rangers. The club had a five-game lead with nine to play but lost the AL West to the hard-charging Oakland A's. Texas then lost the AL wild-card game, ending the 2012 campaign sooner than they expected.

Kinsler wanted to focus on the children that he was supporting a week before Thanksgiving. He and his wife partnered with "The Birthday Party Project" to help provide gifts to kids in shelters that wouldn't otherwise have a birthday party. On Thursday, Kinsler was at Family Gateway of Dallas, a temporary housing facility for families in need, with Tess and daughter, Rian, to spend time with the children and help serve dinner.

"When it comes to the holiday season and it comes to giving to people, there's nothing better," Kinsler said. "This is our opportunity to help some people and give back."

Kinsler, 30, hit .256 with 19 homers, 72 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 2012.

The second baseman signed a contract extension in April for five years at $75 million guaranteed that goes into effect starting in 2013. The deal includes a $10 million club option for a sixth year that could keep Kinsler under contract through the 2018 season.

Kinsler said at that news conference to announce the deal that he'd be willing to move positions in the future if it helped the club.