Cold winter: Hamilton is latest loss for Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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"There are different ways that we can go," Daniels said about Kinsler in his initial talk Thursday with reporters. "But there's a reasonable chance we go that way and ask him to move to first."

Profar turns 20 in February, the same age shortstop Elvis Andrus was when he made his major league debut in 2009 after never playing above the Double-A level. Profar was called up by the Rangers at the end of last season, playing second base and shortstop in his nine games.

The Rangers could also find more playing time for another top prospect, infielder Mike Olt, who was hurt while spending the last two months of the season in the majors.

Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre has three years left on his deal from when he was the big free-agent addition two years ago.

With Hamilton gone, the Rangers still have Nelson Cruz in right field and David Murphy in left. Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin could possibly platoon in center.

"We like our guys, we like our club," Daniels said. "Is there room to improve? Absolutely. We don't want to do it as to overreact and do something for the wrong reasons. ... We're trying to make good baseball decisions, give (manager Ron Washington) and the team the best chance we can headed into the year."

Yu Darvish, the headline addition from Japan last winter, heads up the rotation after an impressive All-Star transition to the majors. There is also All-Star left-hander Matt Harrison, lefty Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando, going back to the rotation after a season in the bullpen following his All-Star season as a starter in 2010.

Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz, two other potential starters, will begin next season still recovering from elbow surgery. Texas could fill the gap by letting young guys compete for a rotation spot.

"We feel that when you look at our pitching staff, we're going into spring training with some experienced guys that we have a real feel for," Ryan said. "We're always looking to improve the pitching. We've tried to do some things that haven't worked out this winter so far, so we'll keep grinding away with it."

But what if the Rangers aren't able to add another starting pitcher?

"If we had to go to spring training with the staff we have," Ryan said, "yeah, I'd be comfortable with it."