Kinsler and Rangers Agree to Extension

By: Chris Dommermuth

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Rangers and 2B Ian Kinsler have agreed to a 5-yr. $75 million extension that includes a club option for a 6th year. The deal starts in 2013 and will take place of the option year on his current contract.

Kinsler will take a physical Tuesday and the deal is likely to be annoucned Wednesday.

Kinsler is not only the best all-around second baseman in the, but is one of the best all-around players. He has a rare cobination of speed and power at the plate and is a top defensive player.

The contract makes him one of the highest paid second baseman in the league and in the same tier finacially as Dan Uggla and Robinson Cano.

It becomes the second “home grown” player that the Rangers have locked up over the past month, joining SP Derek Holland. Kinsler was “disappointed” they hadn’t finished the deal yet last week, but talks picked up of the weekend. He wanted a contract that would allow him to spend the rest of his career as a Ranger.

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