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Ian Kinsler’s agent met with Rangers, “not very optimistic” about extension

Mar 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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Ian Kinsler‘s agent, Jay Franklin, met with the Rangers today about a contract extension at their request, but told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “not very optimistic” about the two sides getting something done before Opening Day.

Franklin did say that the Rangers are making “a sincere effort” in negotiations and normally there wouldn’t be a huge rush with Kinsler under contract for $7 million this season and a $10 million option for 2013, but the All-Star second baseman apparently won’t negotiate during the season.

So if the Rangers can’t get something worked out in the next week or so they’ll have to try again next winter with Kinsler just 162 games away from hitting the open market at age 31.

  1. uscthom78 - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    they spent all of their money on pitching…..next year Ian will be in a diffenent uniform.

    • paperlions - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      First, no, he won’t be in a different uniform, he’s already under contract for the relative bargain of $10M (nice job of reading past the headline).

      Second, it is really stupid to sign a player you have under contract for two more years and through his age 31 season to an extension. A lot can happen to a player that age, especially a MIF, over 2 years. Any extension right now will most assuredly be an overpay.

  2. chiadam - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    He’s under team control until he is 31. Do the Rangers even WANT to extend him now? I wouldn’t.

  3. nostrado - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    No need to resign Kinsler.
    By 2014 at the latest, the Ranger middle infield will be Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.

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