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Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

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Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension.

“I want to stay here,” Kinsler said. “I was drafted by the Rangers, and I want to be a Ranger. You never know how long it’s going to take. I think the sooner the better for them, and the sooner the better for me.”

Kinsler signed a five-year, $22 million extension with the Rangers way back in 2008. The 29-year-old second baseman is due to make $7 million next season while his contract includes a $10 million club option for 2013 or a $500,000 buyout.

The Rangers are committed to keeping their core pieces in place, but Kinsler’s status may take a back seat to more pressing matters in the days ahead. Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli can both become free agents next offseason, so contract talks are expected to be a priority this offseason. They may also attempt to counter the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson by the division-rival Angels, though general manager Jon Daniels insisted Friday that he isn’t comfortable making a reactive move.

  1. matthewtrueblood - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Kinsler needs to be a MUCH higher priority for Texas than Hamilton, and a bit more than Napoli, too. Why a smart guy like Jon Daniels wouldn’t see that is beyond me.

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      why would people thumbs down this? for the past 3 years Kinsler has been the most valuable ranger.

      • Reflex - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM

        I’m pretty sure you meant to say Michael Young. AmIright?

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