The Texas Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler are discussing a six-year contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
According to Rosenthal, the big holdup in talks is the possibility of a big extension for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who is due to earn $14 million in 2012 and has a club option of $15 million for 2013.
The Rangers are willing to pay Kinsler more than Dan Uggla’s $12.4 million contract, but Kinsler could wait and look for money closer to Cano’s number, according to Rosenthal. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Rosenthal that he does not expect a deal before Opening Day. Kinsler, 29, hit .255 with 32 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 77 RBIs last season for the Rangers.