Rangers could trade Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler

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The team wants to open up a starting spot in the middle infield for Jurickson Profar.

The Rangers are considering trading either second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to open up a middle infield spot for Jurickson Profar, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Profar, rated by most as the top prospect in the MLB prior to the 2013 season, played in 85 games for the Rangers this season, hitting .234/.308/.336 as a 20 year old. With that experience under his belt and nothing left to prove in the minors, Texas is hoping to give the Curacao-born star a starting role in 2014.

Andrus could prove difficult to move due to the nearly $125 million owed to the slick fielding shortstop through 2022. He also has a no-trade clause that would allow him to block a deal to ten teams. Furthermore, while his defense is outstanding, he hit just .271/.328/.331 in 2013, perhaps his worst career season at the plate. His 42 stolen bases were a career high, however.

Kinsler's contract is a bit more manageable at $62 million owed to him through 2017. However, he is 31 and without the upside that Andrus would give. Kinsler hit for a 757 OPS in 2013 and his days of 30+ home runs appear to be long gone.

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There is a possibility that the Rangers could move Kinsler to first base rather than make a trade. He has never played the position professionally, but Mitch Moreland does not appear to be a long term option at first.

The Rangeres figure to have a busy offseason ahead of them as they look to regroup and keep pace with the AL West champion Athletics.

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