Ian Kinsler had second thoughts, in more ways than one.
He changed his mind about moving to first base, preferring to stay at second, according to major league sources.
But when Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Kinsler was likely to remain at second, he actually was honoring an earlier commitment to the player.
Kinsler, 30, agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension last April. According to sources, the talk of him moving to first -- an entirely new position for him -- played out as follows:
The Rangers informed Kinsler when they signed him that he was unlikely to remain at second for the entirety of the deal. Kinsler, the club's second baseman since 2006, asked only that the team not move him after the first season.
Then came Jurickson Profar.
Club officials, intrigued by the idea of playing Profar at second, broached to Kinsler the idea of moving to first base earlier this offseason. To their surprise, Kinsler agreed and even made a public ...