Friday, April 6, 2012
Ian Kinsler disappointed deal not done
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It appears doubtful the Rangers will reach a contract extension with second baseman Ian Kinsler by first pitch.
Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had talked about a new deal for the last few weeks but nothing has been finalized.
The Rangers have a policy of not discussing contracts during the season, which begins at 1 p.m. CT against the Chicago White Sox. And Kinsler had set a date of Opening Day to reach a deal or table things until the season was over. He didn't want the distraction of negotiations during the season.
Kinsler said the two sides were close to a new deal.
"Close enough to be disappointed it's not done," Kinsler said Friday morning. "That's not really something I'm thinking about right now. I'm concentrating on baseball and winning today's game and tomorrow the same thing. It's going to be something if they do continue talking, I'm not involved anymore, and I really don't want to be involved anymore. I'm not thinking about it. If that happens, then I'm no longer involved in it. It becomes a one phone call type of thing, I guess."
Asked if he'd like for talks to continue during the season, Kinsler said: "I don't want to. I want to concentrate on baseball. It's an added distraction when it doesn't need to be."
Kinsler, 29, is scheduled to make $7 million this season and has a club option for $10 million in 2013.
"Nothing changed on our end, we absolutely love Ian and love what he brings to the club and hope he spends he duration of his career here," Daniels said. "Nothing has changed on our end."