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Indians expected to offer Jason Kipnis a contract extension soon

Feb 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will enter his first year of arbitration eligibility after the season. He’ll have the opportunity to go through the arbitration process for three years. After the 2017 season, he would become eligible for free agency.

According to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, however, it sounds like the Indians want to avoid all of that and get their star infielder signed to a contract extension soon. Pluto writes that the extension will require more than the $25 million the team awarded outfielder Michael Brantley two weeks ago, and that an extension for Kipnis is likely to be at least five years in length.

Kipnis, 26, was the fifth-most valuable second baseman in baseball last season with 4.5 Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs. He is preparing to enter his third full season in the Majors.

  1. xjokerz - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    its the indians, you know they cant afford him.

    he will be traded soon, probably to the yankees.

  2. r8rnuck - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    he was absolutely sensational from mid june to end of august. hopefully this year he can be a bit more consistent with his defense as well. very under-rated and truly a great guy to have on this team. if we could lock kipnis up to combine with the brantley extension, this would be a great offseason for the future.

  3. AlaskanSalmon - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Sign the man already

  4. Kevin Gillman - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    I think it’s safe to say he is the leader of this franchise, so treat him as that. In other words….pay the man.

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