Kinsler Next Up For Rangers

With Michael Young nearly locked up long-term, the Rangers are now trying to lock up his double-play partner Ian Kinsler.  Kinsler would be arbitration-eligible after the ’08 season.  It’s a Ranger tradition, the multiyear contract to avoid arbitration.

The outlook is good for Kinsler entering his age 25 season.  He hit .286/.347/.454 as a rookie in 120 games.  He spent a quarter of the season on the DL with a dislocated thumb but is ready to go this spring.  The Rangers will bat him second, ninth, and occasionally leadoffKinsler’s PECOTA calls for a jump to .285/.345/.475 this year.

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