Ian Kinsler happy to be staying at second

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler said he expressed to club officials in a meeting last month a desire to stay at second base rather than move to first base, but didn't draw "a line in the sand" about it.

He said he was excited to learn this week that he'd be remaining at second, a position he's had since 2006, and is motivated to bounce back after struggling in 2012.

"Last year was a bad year, but I don't think I'm on a decline," Kinsler said. "You have a bad year and all of a sudden you're a terrible baseball player? I think over seven years I've been pretty successful. I want to bounce back. It's motivating. You don't want to have a bad year to motivate yourself, but when it happens, you're motivated."

General manager Jon Daniels announced Monday that the club was planning on starting the season with Kinsler at second and Mitch Moreland at first, despite broaching the idea of moving Kinsler to first base earlier in the offseason. The move would have created a spot for top prospect Jurickson Profar to play every day in the big leagues. Profar will likely start the season in Triple-A Round Rock. Kinsler said he's expecting to take all of his ground balls at second base in spring training.

Kinsler said early last month that he was willing to move positions if needed. But in a 4 1/2-hour meeting with a few Rangers officials and Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, prior to Christmas, Kinsler talked about wanting to stay at second.

"We just talked about different scenarios and where the club was headed and how Ian was feeling," Franklin said. "It was a very good meeting."

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