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Rangers discussing six-year extension with Ian Kinsler

Apr 3, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rangers are talking about a six-year contract extension with second baseman Ian Kinsler. But an agreement is not closer because the two sides are differing on what the annual value of the contract should be. Rosenthal explains:

The Rangers, sources say, are willing to give Kinsler a salary higher than Dan Uggla’s record average for a second baseman, $12.4 million. But the team probably does not want to go far above that figure, which is where [Robinson] Cano enters the equation.

The Yankees exercised Cano’s $14 million option for this season and hold a $15 million option on him for 2013. His next deal, whether achieved in an extension or through free agency, figures to be at a much higher number.

Kinsler is locked in at $7 million this season and carries a $10 million club option for 2013. If the two sides can find a common ground before Opening Day, that option year would simply be engulfed by the new six-year extension. But Kinsler and his agent may want to assume the risk and sit tight until next winter, when the Yankees are pushed a little closer toward making a decision about Cano’s future.

Kinsler, 29, batted .255/.355/.477 with 32 home runs, 77 RBI and 30 stolen bases last year for Texas.

  1. eastcoastblows - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Rangers suck, kinsler sucks. Sell the franchise and ship kinsler to Japan

    • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      Get lost.

  2. d214tx - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Lame attempt at trolling east coast.

  3. ezthinking - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    The Yanks have to give Cano at least $20 mil for at least five years don’t they?

  4. billymc75 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Better defensive play than Cano, not close to same bat, would be better if they weren’t leading him off. Worth every penny.

  5. plowe70 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    No way he should wait given his injury history. Don’t pull a Madson

  6. stex52 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    This sounds a bit high to me, but it might be a decent insurance policy against having to overpay or lose Napoli and/or Hamilton at the end of the season.

  7. antlerclaws - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    They better sign Kinsler, for my daughter’s sake. The ladies find Kinsler kind of dreammmmy.

  8. uyf1950 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    My guess is Cano at the end of the 2013 season will be offered a contract of 5 yrs/$20MM. If Kinsler doesn’t want to short change himself in dollars and he wants to sign a deal now. He better hold out for about $17MM per.

  9. artisan3m - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Kinsler is a proven product with the Rangers and there is no better MIF tandem in baseball than Kinsler and Andrus. He’s worth the money so pay him. How many times have see seen a superstar shine with one club and then flop with a new one after a trade? Sometimes the chemistry just isn’t there. But don’t expect Josh Daniels to break the bank for any player, including Kinsler.

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