Jason Kipnis is 26 years old. A second round pick in 2009, he has been tremendously productive in his two full seasons in the big leagues.
In 2012 he batted .257/.335/.379 as a rookie. In 2013 he was even better, receiving MVP votes (11th place, but still) after a .284/.336/.452 campaign. That kind of production from the second base position is hard to come by, and the Cleveland Indians appear to know it.
Earlier this off-season we heard that Kipnis was interested in an extension. Now we hear that the Indians have contacted Kipnis about an extension. Jon Heyman of CBS wrote the following today:
It isn’t known how much progress has been made in extension talks to this point.”
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer caught up with general manager Chris Antonetti, who said the following:
For a lot of reasons we’ll stay consistent without commenting on the specifics of any negotiations…But I can tell you how much we obviously value and appreciate Kip. We’re always open to guys being here longer than shorter.”
Kipnis is under team control through 2017, so the Indians would be following the model of the Atlanta Braves and a number of other teams by buying out those arbitration years. If they can get that deal done to keep Kipnis’s production at second base, it will be a great move.