Ian Kinsler gets long-term extension
Kinsler had set a deadline for Opening Day to get a deal done, but the two sides continued to talk behind the scenes and made progress.
Kinsler, 29, has maintained his desire to stay with the club long-term and now that's a reality. He is one of the top second baseman in the league and a critical spark plug at the leadoff spot.
General manager Jon Daniels has said that his goal is to keep members of the core group together. Kinsler is certainly near the top of that list. He hit .255 with 32 homers and 77 RBIs in 2011 and had 30 stolen bases, marking the second time he's become a member of the 30-30 club.
Kinsler has also become a leader on this team, pushing teammates in the clubhouse and helping maintain a winning culture.
Kinsler joins Derek Holland as members of that core that are signed up to long-term deals.
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