Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler clearly won't be pulling for his old club now that he's with the Detroit Tigers.

"I hope they go 0-162," Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine's Robert Sanchez last month, in a story published this week. "I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their [expletive]."

The comment surprised some Rangers players with many declining comment, including manager Ron Washington. But a few players did speak up.

"I don't think he's going to get what he wants," pitcher Tanner Scheppers said. "I have all the respect in the world for Ian. He's taught me a lot, but he's now with the Detroit Tigers. I wish him luck and I wish luck for everybody.

"I think we'll do our talking on the field. We'll see what happens between the lines."

Kinsler vents about his frustrations with the Rangers in the story, citing several issues with the club and general manager Jon Daniels. His disdain for Daniels is evident as he calls him a "sleazeball" and blames Daniels' ego for pushing Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan out the door.

"It's not worth defending," Daniels said. "I'm really proud of the group we've got here, the decisions we've made, the people we have in place and what we're building. Based on how he feels, the trade is probably a good thing for all parties involved. It's a fresh start for him and a fresh start for Prince and us and Detroit, so we'll move on.

"Name calling and stuff like that, what are you going to do about that? Just take it in stride and move on."