The 2012 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Where are they now: 2012 Texas Rangers Position Players

Mike Napoli was the primary catcher for the Texas Rangers in 2012.  Napoli represented the Rangers at the All-Star game.  Napoli played 108 games and hit for a  .227 AVG, 24 HR, and 56 RBI’s.  Napoli was granted free agency after the 2012 season.  After 2012, Napoli played five more seasons of MLB for three teams and retired after the 2017 season.

Mitch Moreland played 1B for the Rangers in 2012.  Moreland was in his 3rd season playing for the Rangers.  Moreland played 114 games and hit for a .275 AVG, 15 HR, and 50 RBI’s.  Moreland played four more seasons in Texas before being granted free agency after the 2016 season.  After leaving Texas, Moreland has played five more seasons for three teams and is currently a free agent.

Ian Kinsler played 2B for the Rangers in 2012.  Kinsler was in his 7th season with Texas.  Kinsler represented the Rangers at the 2012 All-Star game.  Kinsler would play one more season in Texas before being traded for Prince Fielder.  Kinsler would play six more MLB seasons before retiring in 2019.  In 2021, Kinsler played for the Israeli national team at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Elvis Andrus was the starting SS for the Rangers in 2012.  Andrus was in his 4th season playing with Texas.  Andrus played 158 games and represented the Rangers in the All-Star game.  Andrus hit for a .286 AVG, three home runs, 62 RBI’s, and 21 SB.  Andrus would play eight more seasons in Texas before being traded to Oakland.  Andrus played his first season in Oakland in 2021 and will return to play for the A’s in 2022.

Adrian Beltre was the starting 3B for the Rangers in 2012.  Beltre was playing in his second season in Arlington.  Beltre also represented Texas in the All-Star game.  In 156 games, Beltre hit for a .321 AVG, 36 HR, and 102 RBI’s.  Beltre played six more seasons in Texas and retired from MLB after the 2018 season.

David Murphy was the primary LF for Texas.  Murphy was playing in his 6th season for the Rangers.  In 147 games, Murphy hit for a .304 AVG, 15 HR, 61 RBI’s, and 10 SB.  Murphy played one more season in Texas before he was granted free agency after the 2013 season.  Murphy played parts of two seasons in Cleveland and part of one season for the Los Angeles Angels.  Murphy played his last MLB game in 2015.

Josh Hamilton was the primary CF for the Rangers.  When he wasn’t playing CF, Hamilton played LF.  Hamilton represented Texas in the All-Star game.  Hamilton was playing in his 5th season with the Rangers and was granted free agency at the end of the 2012 season.  In 148 games, Hamilton hit for a .285 AVG, 43 HR, 128 RBI’s, and seven SB.  After the 2012 season, Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels where he played for two seasons.  Hamilton returned to Texas for his final season of MLB in 2015.

Nelson Cruz was the primary RF for Texas in 2012.  Cruz was playing his 7th season for the Rangers.  In 159 games, Cruz hit for a .260 AVG, 24 HR, 90 RBI’s, and eight SB.  Cruz played one more season in Texas before he was granted free agency.  Cruz has played nine additional seasons in MLB with five teams since the 2012 season.  Cruz is now 41 and is currently a free agent.

Michael Young mostly hit DH for the Rangers in 2012.  He also played additional games at every infield position.  Young was playing in his 13th and final season for the Rangers.  In 156 games, Young hit for a .277 AVG, eight HR, and 67 RBI’s.  Young split 2013, his last season in MLB, with Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Since 2014, Young has been a special assistant to the general manager with the Rangers.

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