Ian Kinsler, now the longest-tenured member of the Texas Rangers with the recent trade of Michael Young, said Tuesday he's willing to switch positions if it helps the club in 2013.

Kinsler, who has been in the team's starting second baseman since 2006, said he would move to first base if that's where the club feels like he's needed.

"My feeling is whatever I need to help this team win," said Kinsler, who was at Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday as part of the Cowboys Santa Toy Drive event.

"Honestly, if they believe putting me at first base is going to field a better team I'm all for it. Bottom line is, I signed a long-term extension (in April) to win a championship. If they think me at first is going to help us win a championship, I'm all for it."

Kinsler said general manager Jon Daniels hasn't told him that the plan is for Kinsler to move to first, but they wanted to hear his thoughts on a possible position switch. He said first base is the only other position that's been mentioned.

Moving players around the infield is nothing new for the Rangers. Young moved from second base to shortstop to third base to utility during his 12-year Texas tenure before he was traded to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Kinsler said he thinks he may have played first base a couple of times as a teenager. He doesn't think the possible transition, which would create an infield spot for Jurickson Profar at second base, is that big of a deal.

"That's what spring training is for," Kinsler said. "If it was a situation where I was moving to the outfield, I'd have to know a little earlier because I'd have to strengthen my arm differently and I'd have to be in a little better condition as far as long-distance running. Those are really the only two differences. As far as first base, I'm still going to train the same way as far as explosiveness and trying to get my quickness back and all that kind of stuff. It can be hashed out in spring training."