Ian Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, said he and the Rangers worked for four or five consecutive days to reach agreement on the six-year extension.
The contract is for $75 million guaranteed over five years ($5 million of that is a buyout on the option year). The club has a $10 million option for the sixth year that could keep Kinsler in Texas through 2018.
"I don’t think Ian and the Rangers wanted to give up on the deal as close as we were when the deadline came," Franklin said. "I think it worked out well for Ian and the Rangers. It speaks volumes to Rangers fans because it shows the commitment they have and what they are trying to do here.
"They want to establish a dynasty and an elite franchise, and they are doing that."
Kinsler had set that deadline for Opening Day, but even then admitted the door was open for future talks behind the scenes. He didn't want it to be a distraction and judging by his start to 2012, it wasn't. Now it's done, pending a physical today. The deal is likely to be announced Wednesday.
The deal has the largest average annual value for any second baseman at $15 million, passing the $12.4 million Dan Uggla is getting from the Braves. But Kinsler had been putting up impressive numbers and garnered the higher number. The question was how high and the two sides worked hard to reach agreement on that.
"You have to give credit to the Rangers organization," Franklin said. "It was not going anywhere at one point. Finally, cooler heads prevailed and we looked at it and talked about how important it was for the team. We spent a ton of hours. We went four or five straight days to make this work."