Evans Clinchy
Thursday April 12th, 2012

The Texas Rangers have made a long-term commitment to Ian Kinsler, signing the All-Star second baseman today to a five-year, $75 million contract extension, according to the Associated Press.

“Anytime you can add a player of his caliber and his stature in the clubhouse and on the field, it’s important to the organization and important going forward,” Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. “The fact that he’s come through our system and we’ve had eyes on him for a long time and seen his growth and development and just see the role that he’s taken here says a lot.”

Kinsler, currently playing out the final season of a five-year contract with the team, will turn 30 this June. He hit .255 with 32 home runs for the Rangers last year. The Rangers have made a handful of other significant signings in recent months, including a five-year extension for pitcher Derek Holland and a three-year deal for Elvis Andrus, plus two years more for Nelson Cruz.

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