Ian Kinsler and the Rangers don't have an agreement on a long-term deal. The second baseman told reporters, including MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, that the sides got close enough to be “disappointed that it’s not done.”
The sides had been working toward an extension that would have guaranteed Kinsler's 2013 option at $10MM and added five seasons at $14MM or so per year. The proposed six-year total would have been in the $80MM range — close to Chase Utley's record for second basemen.
Kinsler has said he doesn't want to negotiate once the season begins. The 29-year-old repeated today that he doesn't want to be involved if the Rangers continue talking with his representatives at BBI Sports Group. He hit 32 home runs and posted a .255/.355/.477 lin in 723 plate appearances a year ago.