Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers Working Toward Extension

Ian Kinsler is a fantastic offensive and defensive second baseman. He is one of the better players in the game -- so good, that even though he is described as "baseball's most underrated player" once every five seconds, he's still underrated. And the Texas Rangers would like to keep him around for a spell. And according to T.R. Sullivan, the two sides are getting close (but not that close):

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said no agreement has been reached on a contract extension. Kinsler said the talks were close enough to be "disappointed that it’s not done."

Discouraging that it isn't done. Encouraging that they got so close at all. Locking up Kinsler seems like an obvious move, even if it hampers the Rangers' efforts to re-sign Josh Hamilton.

There is another consideration, though not one that should affect the Rangers' decision with Kinsler: The Rangers also have one of the very best shortstop prospects in recent memory, Jurickson Profar. He's only 19, so he's probably a couple of years away, but if the Rangers extend Kinsler and keep Elvis Andrus around (which they will), they'll have a very, very interesting decision to make with their middle infield in a couple of years.

Also, Jurickson Profar is an underrated awesome name.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.