Texas Rangers' Positional Battle: Who Will Roam Center Field in 2012?

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Texas Rangers' Positional Battle: Who Will Roam Center Field in 2012?
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The defending American League Champion Texas Rangers enter Spring Training with very few holes to fill in their roster. 

Loaded with premium talent throughout their roster, the Rangers enter spring with a dynamic core, boasting All-Star caliber talent at six or seven positions. There are, however, a few lingering question marks that need to be addressed prior to Opening Day.

One of the few that remains is the identity of their starting center fielder.

It was once Josh Hamilton, but his persistent injury troubles have led the Rangers to move him to left in order to preserve his health and keep his potent bat in the lineup.

Last year, en route to a second-consecutive World Series appearance, the Rangers experimented with various personnel in center, with six players seeing time there. In addition to Hamilton, Endy Chavez, Craig Gentry, Julio Borbon, David Murphy and Leonys Martin all spent time roaming the vast expanses of territory between the alley at the Ballpark in Arlington. 

Chavez has since moved to Baltimore, Hamilton to left and Murphy is best-suited as a corner outfielder. That leaves Gentry, Martin and Borbon to battle it out for the spot over the course of Spring Training.

Somewhere down the road, prospect Engel Beltre may insert himself into the conversation, but he struggled at double-A last season and is still at least a few years away from the big leagues.

Let's take a look at the primary candidates to see if we can determine which way the center field positional battle may unfold.

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