KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 06: Ian Kinsler #5 and Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after the Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on September 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sure, the Texas Rangers could still use another starting pitcher, several relief pitchers and possibly even an outfielder before the 2013 season begins.
But there's one place the Rangers seem to be loaded, and ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney seems to agree as he named the Rangers' infield the top infield in all of baseball.
Olney praises the entire unit ($$), specifically the left side of the infield with gold glove third baseman Adrian Beltre and rising superstar Elvis Andrus at shortstop. He also gets Rangers fans licking their chops in anticipation of watching 20-year-old Jurickson Profar play second base for the foreseeable future as it seems he's ready to roll as the team's starting second baseman.
At first, the Rangers could have Mitch Moreland and Mike Olt, but there's also the increasing discussion of the possibility of moving Ian Kinsler from second base to first base to accommodate Profar's quick ascent through the Rangers' system.
Olney named Kinsler as the unit's "X-factor," saying he has to rebound from a career-low season in 2012 in just about every offensive, and defensive, category.