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Amid reports of unhappiness Ian Kinsler repeats willingness to change positions for Rangers

Dec 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

Ken Rosenthal of writing yesterday that Ian Kinsler “is not thrilled with the idea of changing positions less than a year after signing a five-year, $75 million contract extension” led to Kinsler being asked about the situation last night and he reiterated the willingness to play wherever the Rangers want him:

My feeling is whatever I need to help this team win. I signed a long-term extension to win a championship here and if they think me at first is going to help win a championship, I’m all for it.

That seems pretty straightforward and matches what Kinsler said publicly about the situation last month too, which makes Rosenthal’s report an interesting one.

General manager Jon Daniels was also asked about the situation last night and replied: “We’re just trying to figure out how many winning players we can get on the field together. Nothing’s set in stone, but we wanted Ian to have the chance to digest it and prepare if we ultimately go that way.”

  1. cktai - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    He could be willing to do whatever the team wants him to do, and still be less-than-thrilled about it. The two are not mutually exclusive. Being a team-player is not being happy with everything that the team decides, it is giving your utmost for the team, even if you get assignments that you might not enjoy as much.

    • stex52 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Tell that to anyone who works in the business world. They will understand.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Oh, someone needs to do the Wal Mart cheer.

  2. spudchukar - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Yeah, and when the next contract negotiations come up and the Rangers argue that you are really sucky at your new position, and use that to keep a salary increase down, do you think they will back down and recall their insistence that he move to another position?

    • stex52 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Of course not. You just captured the job of management in a nutshell. For all businesses.

  3. kappy32 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Kinsler & Olt for Jon Niese, Dan Murphy & a mid-level prospect.

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