Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis Agree on Six-Year Extension
The Cleveland Indians are locking up their young players for the long run, and the latest is second baseman Jason Kipnis. The Tribe signed the All-Star second baseman to a six-year deal which will round out to be about $52.5 million dollars in total value. The negotiations between the two have been ongoing since spring training started in February, and it was apparent that both sides were eager to get the deal done in the early stage of 2014. Kipnis turned 27 years old a day before the deal was signed, granted him a belated birthday gift. This is the third extension the Indians have made in the new year, securing long term agreements with Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley.
According to ESPN.com, this is what Kipnis had to say after signing his new contract:
“It’s an amazing feeling to get something done,”. “I wanted to stay here. I’m excited about being here. “
Cleveland management feel great about their core of young guns and they wanted to make sure they had them for the long run.
“It’s the ownership, the top, showing us that they believe in us, that we’ve got the guys who can win games now and we want them to stick around,” Kipnis said. “I’m excited about being a part of that.”
The deal covers three arbitration eligible years for Kipnis. Every since emerging into the big leagues with the Tribe, the Illinois native has worked his way to becoming a star and a beloved figure in Cleveland. Last year he hit .284 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs, leading the Indians in runs, hits, and stolen bases. After making the playoffs with a 92-70 record, the Indians are embracing their resurgence with a commitment to winning. The Indians now set their sights on locking up staff ace Justin Masterson, completing their goal of keeping the future in Cleveland.
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