04/04/12 8:30 PM ET
Kinsler, Rangers trying to hammer out a deal
Sides have until Friday to come to a contract resolution
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Right now, no deal is in sight, as club officials on Wednesday maintained their previous stance. General manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that he does not expect any contract extensions to get done by Opening Day, and as of Wednesday that hasn't changed.
Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine met with agent Jay Franklin during Wednesday's exhibition game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. The two sides have been swapping proposals this spring and are trying to close the gap on a possible six-year extension that could be worth somewhere between $80 to $100 million.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla signed a five-year, $62 million contract before the 2011 season, while Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is signed for $14 million this season and a club option for 2013 at $15 million.
Kinsler is signed for this season at $7 million and the Rangers hold a $10 million option on him for 2013. Kinsler said that he does not want to negotiate during the season, and one source said there is still a lot of work to be done before an agreement can be reached. The Rangers open the season on Friday against the White Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.