GM expects Andrus to be with Rangers in 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked if he felt strongly that shortstop Elvis Andrus would be a Ranger in 2013.

“Very strong,” Daniels said. “I think teams look at it as though with the way our infield sets up, it’s natural for us to trade some of these guys. I’m not saying we won’t under any circumstances, but they’ve got to be a pretty unique situation for us to consider it and we haven’t had that yet.”

The Rangers are asked about Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt because of the logjam the club appears to have in its infield. If none of the infielders are traded, the club could look at moving Ian Kinsler, possibly even to first base, and using Olt as a player off the bench who could get time at the corner infield spots, but also as a designated hitter.

Andrus has also decided to play winter ball in Venezuela to prepare for the World Baseball Classic and the upcoming season. Daniels said he has mixed emotions about that but reiterated that it’s Andrus’ decision.

“Elvis is a big leaguer and a big boy and he’ll make those decisions for himself,” Daniels said. “We’d love to wrap all these guys in bubble wrap and put them in a cocoon and make sure nothing happens to them, obviously. But he knows how to take care of himself and how to get ready for a season and he wants to play some now to get ready for the WBC, and I understand that.”

Andrus hit .286 with three homers and 62 RBIs as the every-day shortstop in 2012. He had 21 stolen bases and a .349 on-base percentage. He was one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award at shortstop this past season.