Ian Kinsler already had enough reason to celebrate after his impressive performance on Monday against the Seattle Mariners, but now he has even more cause for celebration.
According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, Kinsler was offered a five-year, $75 million extension to his existing contract with the Rangers, with an option to play for six years, which means that the Rangers second baseman could be sticking with the team until 2018.
“The deal will supplant the option year of his current contract, which called for him to make $10 million in 2013. Instead, the new contract will go into effect at the start of the 2013 season,” Dallas Morning News reports.
Kinsler will reportedly be taking a physical on Tuesday as part of finalizing the contract extension, with a formal, official announcement of the deal possibly following on Wednesday.
Jay Franklin, Kinsler’s agent, says that the deal was finalized over the weekend, and the hefty extension is part of management’s overall efforts to keep the core group of Rangers players with the team over the next several years.
“They stepped out on a limb here and paid a guy with two years left on his contract the highest AAV ever given to a second baseman,” Franklin said late Monday. “The Texas Rangers are absolutely committed to keeping a winner here. They want to establish a dynasty.
Do you think the Rangers made a good decision in offering Ian Kinsler an extension to his contract and a significant pay bump?