A trio of Texas Rangers are about to find out if change is good or not. Elvis Andrus, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Choice were each in Frisco Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark as part of the team's winter caravan tour. And while they haven't played baseball since last season, they've each already had or could have their roles for 2014 change significantly. Andrus has gone from the junior partner in the Texas double play combo with Ian Kinsler to the veteran of the middle infield who is preparing to work with Jurickson Profar. Choice was acquired last month from Oakland and the Texas native looked like he had a shot at being the starting left fielder. That changed when the club signed free agent Shin-Soo Choo. Scheppers could be in for a big change too this season. He was a dominant set-up man for the Rangers last year but has been told to be prepared to start this spring. All the change hasn't dampened the excitement for the three. I'm pretty happy and sad at the same time," Andrus said. "With the new addition of Shin-Soo Choo that will help the whole lineup all the way around. I just can't wait for spring training." Andrus said he's excited about working with Profar, who made 20 starts at second base for Texas last season. Andrus said having played some with Profar already will make the transition to working with him on an everyday basis easier, as will regular work in spring training. That doesn't mean Andrus won't miss Kinsler. It means a lot (the loss)," Andrus said. "Besides my (double play) partner, he was my buddy. He was one of the guys who gave me a huge welcome, always made me feel comfortable on the field. It's a business and you've got to keep playing." The acquisition of Choo also impacted Choice. The Rangers appear to have a set outfield with Choo in left, Leonys Martin in center and Alex Rios in right. Instead of heading to spring looking to win a starting spot, Choice is just trying to make the roster. If he does, his at-bats will likely come as a fourth outfielder or a right-handed hitting designated hitter. Choice, who was acquired from Craig Gentry, isn't concerned about where he fits in. He just wants to make the roster.
Trio of Rangers adjusting to offseason changes
Fox Sports | Jan 12