Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers and two-time All-Star
second baseman Ian Kinsler have agreed to terms on a five-year contract
The deal, which will start next season pending a Tuesday physical, is for $75
million with a club option for a sixth year, according to MLB.com.
An official announcement is expected to be made Wednesday.
The 29-year-old originally set a deadline of Opening Day to get the deal done.
Both sides talked throughout the offseason and spring training, but an
agreement wasn't made prior to Friday's season-opener against Chicago.
Kinsler, who has spent his entire seven-year career with Texas, put together
his second 30-30 season in 2011 with 32 home runs and 30 steals. He hit .255
with 77 runs batted in.
Kinsler hit a three-run home run against Seattle on Monday, and is batting
.333 with two homers and four runs batted in four games this season.
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