Oct 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smiles during batting practice before the American League wild card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kipnis looking for own Indians’ extension

Locking up core players is definitely the trend, nowadays, and another member of the Cleveland Indians is looking to join the crowd.

After it was announced that Michael Brantley signed a 4-year, $25 million extension, Jason Kipnis told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that he would love to continue being Brantley’s teammate for the foreseeable future. Kipnis has played in three seasons, all with Cleveland, being the club’s starting second baseman the past two seasons.

Kipnis will be 27 in two months’ time and is not arbitration eligible until 2015, so there is still plenty of time to figure out an extension for him. Kipnis was drafted in 2009 as a second round pick out of Arizona State University and has performed well in his last two seasons, earning his first All-Star nomination in 2013. He played in 149 games last year, slashing .284/.366/.452 with 17 home runs and 84 RBI for the Tribe.

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