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07:05 AM ET 06.05 | Put simply, Ian Kinsler can't sit on the disabled list forever. [The Rangers] will need to clear a roster spot to get him back on the active roster, and the short straw would appear to be held by the player holding down his spot at second base. The following comes from that player, the one who has generated more buzz and talk and consternation since September than any other in the organization. If Jurickson Profar, labeled as baseball's top prospect, were given the power to choose whether to stay with the Rangers as a one-game-a-week utility player or return to Triple A Round Rock and play every day, the decision is a no-brainer -- at least to him. "I'd go to Triple A and play." ... Once again, the search is under way for a plan that would generate enough at-bats to keep Profar from collecting rust.

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June 5, 2013  08:16 AM ET

.....nolan and i were talkin last nite.....we think it best to waive cruz, move moreland to rf, and put kins at 1b....

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June 5, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Cruz is a free agent at the end of the season, but Texas has a real shot at the Series this year, and needs him. However, dealing him for a pitcher could be an option.Thing is, Kinsler is pissing and moaning about moving from the infield. He may need to be the one dealt.Or, move his **** to the OF anyway.

Will be tough to trade Cruz, with a likely 50-100 game suspension coming his way.

June 5, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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Will be tough to trade Cruz, with a likely 50-100 game suspension coming his way.

All the more reason to tell Ian "Here's a outfielder's glove. Go."

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June 5, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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All the more reason to tell Ian "Here's a outfielder's glove. Go."

that would be the right move. the kid looks like he belongs and they need a place to play him every day.

June 5, 2013  01:17 PM ET

With Cruz's name in the "scandal" Profar ain't moving down. If Players Association doesn't get smack in the middle and screw up the whole "scandal" from a "no positive test" result and stave off suspensions (being skeptical of this happening though), Profar will stay. How this all will play out is anyone's guess as far as where Profar will play though if it were up to me, Kins would need to sack up and take RF.

June 5, 2013  01:47 PM ET

First off ... nobody ... and I do mean NOBODY ... should pay any attention to what the Fort Worth Star Telegram has to say about any professional team in the DFW area. This a rag paper trying to be the National Enquirer of the South.

Second ... I rather think it's a nice problem to have and I'd be willing to bet Profar would be happy playing right field for a while once Cruz is booted ... but it really matters not who they send to right field ... it'll work ...

on a sour note ... I have Cruz in the fantasy league and his suspension is gonna' hurt ...

June 5, 2013  06:21 PM ET

Bye, bye Cruz - Kinsler to RF - Profar at 2B - would seem to work out OK.

June 5, 2013  10:58 PM ET

Michael Young moved from shortstop to second to third to utility man to accommodate other players and help the team. It matters not whether Kinsler or his agent wants him to play outfield. He is under contract and is obligated to play whichever position the Rangers want him to play.

Cruz will remain on the team this season unless he gets suspended. His bat is too valuable to trade for the meager pitching help he could fetch via trade. If a possible suspension is still looming, he will be almost untradeable.

June 6, 2013  12:02 AM ET
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It matters not whether Kinsler or his agent wants him to play outfield. He is under contract and is obligated to play whichever position the Rangers want him to play.

Agreed.

Better players than Kinsler have been asked to switch positions to accommodate other players and they pretty much all obliged.

 
June 6, 2013  07:36 AM ET
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Agreed.Better players than Kinsler have been asked to switch positions to accommodate other players and they pretty much all obliged.

I'd tell him A-Rod was willing to change positions. Do you want to be a bigger &*(&#@ than A-Rod?

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