One of the good guys in baseball has finally gotten what is due to him. The Texas Rangers signed a contract extension on Wednesday that is worth $75 million and will keep Kinsler in a Texas jersey until 2017, with a club option for 2018. This is a great move by the team to keep one of their vital core players for a long time to come.
Ian Kinsler was not a highly touted draft pick or stellar prospect when the Rangers drafted him in the 17th round. However his hard work and dedication paid off as he climbed his way up through the minors and has been a staple on the Rangers since he arrived in Arlington in 2006. He has also been a very steady player in the lineup, playing in at least 120 games a year since he came up with the team.
Kinsler has been one of the most productive 2nd basemen in the league the last couple years. He has proven his worth through hard work. This new deal will guarantee he is part of the core group of guys that Ranger fans are hoping will bring an elusive World Series Championship to Texas. Along with Beltre, Andrus, Young (hopefully Hamilton) and Cruz, this team is setting up for long term success and looks to be a force in the American League West for years to come.
This should only add to the excitement Ranger fans feel for the future; this team has the potential to be competitive for a long time to come.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook