Ian Kinsler committed to Rangers
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Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler talks about how Muscle Milk keeps him going and assesses his team as spring training wraps up.
"We talked back in January and they said they wanted to meet again while I was out here, so that's what we did," Franklin said. "I always have good meetings with them. They want to keep signing the core group and are sincere about it. (Derek) Holland was a good start and they want to keep going."
The club signed Holland, a left-handed starting pitcher, to a five-year deal worth $28.5 million with two club options that could keep him a Ranger for the next seven years.
In Kinsler's case, both sides have some time. He has a club option for the 2013 season worth $10 million. He will make $7 million this season as part of a contract he signed prior to the 2008 season.
"We've been very clear in expressing our desire to keep the core," assistant Rangers general manager Thad Levine said. "We're cognizant that in the next 24 months the lion's share of our offense could become free agents, not to mention part of our pitching staff. We want to understand the landscape as we try to sign that group."
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"Ian wants to stay here and he's said that," Franklin said. "We have to see if we can find something that works. We'll keep talking."
"This is where I want to be," Kinsler said. "I was drafted by this organization (17th round in 2003) and developed here and I want to stay here."
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