hot4tx wrote: I would have much, much rather them left Young at SS and Crush at 3B to make way for Smoak forcing his way to the bigs by mid-summer.
Young at SS and Davis at 3B (and Kinsler at 2B) continues a long tradition of terrible defense which in turn contributes to killing their pitchers. There is a ballpark effect but the Rangers defense is a huge, rarely mentioned reason for the Rangers poor pitching. I don't agree with bringing Andrus up this season but Young (3B) and Davis (1B or DH) had to happen to help their pitching. There's room for Smoak since he's better than any of the 1B/DH options with Davis filling the other position.
So moving Young to a position he hasn't ever played as a pro and bringing in an error-prone 20 year old at SS shores up the defense? Young will have a lot more errors at 3B than he had at SS last year and Elvis will have many more errors per game at SS than Young did last year. Davis is not a gold glover at 3B but he's not awful. He actually fields his position reasonably well compared to other young 3Bs like Gordon, Encarnacion and Reynolds. The Rangers defense will be worse in 2009 than it would have been without shift everyone around to make room for a very young rookie.
And yes, that is likely going to be the starting lineup for April 6th. Like I said Daniels wants his boys in the show. That doesn't mean he'll get 500 PA. Draft Elvis is you want, but there's 20+ better SS options out there in most leagues and at least a few of those should be available.