It looks like Ian Kinsler won't become the highest paid second baseman in Major League Baseball before the season gets underway. This is obviously a big disappointment for Kinsler, because he has expressed his desire to be a long-term fit with the Texas Rangers and was hoping a deal would be done by Friday.
According to multiple reports, Kinsler told the media that there is no long-term agreement between his side and the organization, which means he will make his $7 million this year with a club option of $13 million in 2013.
The star second baseman is trying to redirect the focus toward baseball, but there is clear letdown in his tone from how he spoke to the media regarding the negotiations:
"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."
The Rangers open their season against the Chicago White Sox at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
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