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07:22 AM ET 10.04 | Despite not playing into this weekend's playoff action, the Rangers, with another 90-win season behind them, will be expected to contend for a division title in 2014. The Rangers have money to spend, but must do so wisely. They also have to decide what to do with infielder Jurickson Profar, and that could influence what they do as far as possible trades. ... Adrian Beltre is still one of the premier third basemen in the game, but his defense did fall off considerably in 2013. The biggest concern is keeping his legs healthy, and he finished this season at half-speed because of a nagging hamstring injury. This could be the spot for Profar as the Rangers transition Beltre into a designated-hitter role over the final three years of his contract. It makes far more sense than uprooting [Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler].

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October 4, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Need at least one big bat, address the corner outfield positions and the back end of the rotation.

October 4, 2013  08:05 AM ET

and first base (it ain't happening for Moreland).

October 4, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

and first base (it ain't happening for Moreland).

No it ain't... wonder if Beltre can play there?

October 4, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No it ain't... wonder if Beltre can play there?

Keep him healthy. DH him.

October 4, 2013  09:19 AM ET

This guy is overdue for his complete physical breakdown.

October 4, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Keep him healthy. DH him.

Has the potential to become the next Papi if he doesn't have to wear down playing in the field.

October 4, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No it ain't... wonder if Beltre can play there?

they should explore the possibility. It would get Profar in on a regular basis in the infield where he belongs and fill a huge hole at first.

October 4, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Keep him healthy. DH him.

That's one hell of a glove to move to DH...

October 4, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's one hell of a glove to move to DH...

he's no good if he can't move ... hell, there were several times when he couldn't run the bases effectively ... but get him healthy and there would be no better 3rd baseman ...

October 4, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

and first base (it ain't happening for Moreland).

I hope you're talking about his bat ... because he's an excellent 1B ...

October 4, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I hope you're talking about his bat ... because he's an excellent 1B ...

Talking about his bat... if you want to call it that.

October 4, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I hope you're talking about his bat ... because he's an excellent 1B ...

absolutely his bat. made of swiss cheese.

October 4, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

he's no good if he can't move ... hell, there were several times when he couldn't run the bases effectively ... but get him healthy and there would be no better 3rd baseman ...

I agree, jc...

So - Profar - we need him in there full time. What do you think?

October 4, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's one hell of a glove to move to DH...

Maybe it could a rotational thing depending on his health.

October 4, 2013  10:54 AM ET

I would like to see Profar not moving around the field like a chess piece from day to day. He showed potential but a young player like that is really at a disadvantage to show what he can do when he's moving around so much.

October 4, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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I agree, jc... So - Profar - we need him in there full time. What do you think?

I hate to say this ... because I like both players, but ... either Kinsler or Profar need to be traded. My thought is ... get value from one of them while you can. Now Kinsler has been there and is a known quality while Profar is young and still inexperienced. Who do you trade? I ... me ... mho ... would trade Kinsler. My logic is ... he's older but not too old ... you should be able to get a couple of quality minor leaguers ... and he is somewhat prone to mental lapses on the base running and he goes cold on hitting at inopportune times ... the down side is you lose the experience

Porfar has talent that should overcome inexperience ... and he has power ...

but again ... just mho ...

October 4, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I would like to see Profar not moving around the field like a chess piece from day to day. He showed potential but a young player like that is really at a disadvantage to show what he can do when he's moving around so much.

I agree ... plz see 16

October 4, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I hate to say this ... because I like both players, but ... either Kinsler or Profar need to be traded. My thought is ... get value from one of them while you can. Now Kinsler has been there and is a known quality while Profar is young and still inexperienced. Who do you trade? I ... me ... mho ... would trade Kinsler. My logic is ... he's older but not too old ... you should be able to get a couple of quality minor leaguers ... and he is somewhat prone to mental lapses on the base running and he goes cold on hitting at inopportune times ... the down side is you lose the experience

Porfar has talent that should overcome inexperience ... and he has power ...

but again ... just mho ...

If you have to move one of them, then I agree. Keeping Profar gives you cost certainty as well as keeping the talent pool young. It also clears up space to go after a 1st baseman.

I like Moreland's glove but they can't keep his bat in the lineup every day. It's a black hole.

October 4, 2013  11:39 AM ET

Do you think they may revisit Kinsler going to the outfield?

 
October 4, 2013  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's one hell of a glove to move to DH...

Agree. If he is healthy come Spring, they would be crazy to move him to DH. He turns 35 next April. Many thirdbasemen have played years beyond that.

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