Kinsler may be next to land big extension

Kinsler may be next to land big extension

ARLINGTON -- With less than three days to go before the start of the season, the Rangers are still trying to negotiate a possible six-year contract extension with infielder Ian Kinsler.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels acknowledged the club has had multiple conversations with players at the close of Spring Training. There has been a flurry of contract extensions signed around the league in the past few days, and Kinsler could join the group by Opening day if the two sides can reach agreement on financial parameters.

"We're not expecting anything, but we've had some open positive conversations on a couple of fronts," general manager Jon Daniels said. "All it takes is one conversation to pick something up again. If you had asked in January or February, I would have told you that we were not getting a deal done with Derek Holland. But things change. I'm not expecting to get anything done but I'm open-minded."

Holland signed a five-year extension in Spring Training. Kinsler is signed through this season with a club option of $10 million for 2013. Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Colby Lewis can be free agents after the season.

Kinsler would prefer not to negotiate during the season. Napoli is open to it, while Hamilton would prefer it be done quietly.

"Our philosophy is not to negotiate during the season and let it be a distraction," Daniels said. "If we are able to handle it quietly and not let it be a distraction, we might be willing to do it. We take it on a case-by-case basis. We just don't want it to be a distraction."