Indians, Jason Kipnis agree to reported six-year, $52.5M extension
The Indians and second baseman Jason Kipnis have agreed to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the deal is worth $52.5 million and includes a club option for a seventh year.
Kipnis, 27, is coming off a breakout 2013 season in which he hit .284/.366/.452 (133 OPS+) with 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He finished 11th in AL MVP voting and earned an All-Star Game selection while leading the Indians in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30).
The Cleveland native was selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State.
The contract buys out Kipnis' final pre-arbitration year, three arbitration years and two free agent years. The option covers a third free agent year. The deal is almost identical to the six-year, $52 million extension the Cardinals gave second baseman Matt Carpenter last month. The two have the same amount of service time, but Kipnis is 17 months younger.