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Report: Indians talking contract extensions with Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis

Mar 18, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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After making some big splashes in the free agent market this winter, the Indians are now trying to lock up two of their promising young players.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Indians have discussed contract extensions with outfielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. The aim is to buy out each player’s arbitration seasons and multiple years of free agency.

Brantley will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter while Kipnis is coming off his first full season in the majors and won’t qualify for the first time until after 2014. Rosenthal notes that the Indians began negotiations with Brantley before they signed Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million contract, so the dynamic may have changed over the past month. He’s being moved over to left field to accommodate Bourn, but there’s little doubt that he offers more bang for his buck as an everyday center fielder.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I am glad the Brewers went to the playoffs in 2008. Because if they hadn’t, the Indians would not have recieved Michael Brantley, and he is the one player that has played well since the CC Sabathia trade.

  2. hermie13 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Not necessarily true. Brewers probably still would have sent Brantley. They had Braun and Hart in the corner OF spots and Lorenzo Cain was the better CF prospect. Had a hole at 3B though and Taylor Green was the other guy the Tribe could choose from.

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