Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/15/13
The Texas Rangers still may have the best second baseman in the American League West but the competition is closing on Ian Kinsler. Kinsler had a sub-par season in 2012 by his standards and the consistent play of Howie Kendrick has allowed him to close the gap. The West did add an All-Star at second base this year with the addition of Houston's Jose Altuve. The other West teams aren't as fortunate as Dustin Ackley struggled to hit for average in Seattle and the job in Oakland is wide open after Jemile Weeks held the spot last year. Here's a breakdown of second base in the West with the rankings. 1. Texas Ian Kinsler is as healthy this spring as he's been since 2009. That was also the last full season that Kinsler didn't have problems with his right ankle. The ankle bothered him enough last year that he considered having surgery on it at the All-Star break. Fortunately for him, it got better in the second half of the season and he's had no problems with it this spring. The ankl...
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