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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Wash's Wisdom: Lineup 'up in the air'

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON -- Ron Washington isn’t spending his holidays sitting around the house filling out potential lineup cards for the 2014 season.

There's still much to figure out as far the roster goes. Will the Rangers sign free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who would likely slide into the leadoff spot? Will Nelson Cruz re-sign with the Rangers?

It's fruitless to delve too deep into the potential lineup until the rest of the offseason plays out. But as of today, the Rangers are prepared to have center fielder Leonys Martin be their leadoff hitter if Choo goes elsewhere.

"It's up in the air," Washington said Tuesday night at the Rangers’ annual toy drive at the ballpark. "Right now we're trying to fill out our roster and look at our options."

As for Martin as a potential leadoff hitter? Washington was quick to point out Martin batted leadoff 31 times last season, so he’s still unproven there.

"We'll have to get him to spring training and try to train him," Washington said.

The Rangers also have traded for outfield prospect Michael Choice this offseason and he could potentially be the club’s starting left fielder. Washington said he has spoken with Choice on the phone and will sit down with him after the New Year.

"He'll come in and show what he can do," Washington said. "Obviously he's a talented player. We're not going to put any pressure on him."