Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ian Kinsler: Nothing new on contract talks
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Prior to the Texas Rangers' final workout before Opening Day, second baseman Ian Kinsler said there was nothing new to report. He assumed that his agent, Jay Franklin, and the Rangers were in the middle of meeting, but didn't have any more information. Franklin was at the club's game against Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.
"I would like to get something done," said Kinsler, who added it was a "confusing process" when asked about the negotiations. "I would like to be a Ranger."
When asked if he was optimistic about a deal, Kinsler said (smiling and in a robotic-type voice): "I am neutral."
Kinsler has had to answer the same questions for weeks, since his agent came to Surprise, Ariz., and talked with the Rangers. The two sides have had several discussions as they try to hammer out an agreement before Opening Day. Kinsler doesn't want negotiations to carry over into the season, though he said if the two sides had the parameters of a deal done and that meant finalizing it might take a few days, he was fine with that.
"I'm in the same situation I've been in the last two weeks," Kinsler said. "I really don't want to talk about it after Opening Day. That's game time, really. I don't want to be driving home from the ballpark talking about contract discussions. It's just an added distraction to the season, whether it affects me on the field or not. There's no reason for it to be there."
Kinsler, 29, is slated to make $7 million this season and has a club option for $10 million in 2013. Still, both sides would like to work out a deal that keeps Kinsler here well into his 30s.