Kinsler deal likely to be official on Wednesday

Kinsler deal likely to be official on Wednesday

ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler has a new five-year, $75 million contract, but is not ready to talk about it. Kinsler did get his required physical on Tuesday, and the Rangers are waiting for the test results before they officially announce his new contract.

The Rangers expect him to be declared healthy.

"We got every test done to figure that out," Kinsler said. "Hopefully they'll all come back positive."

If so, the Rangers will hold a news conference on Wednesday to announce a new contract that will keep Kinsler in Texas through 2017, with a club option for 2018.

"I'm really happy for him, he's one of the best second basemen in the league," outfielder Nelson Cruz said. "I couldn't be happier."

"Well deserved," outfielder David Murphy said. "He is as complete of a player as you'll see in the big leagues and has the best instincts of any player I've ever played with. He loves the game. He's the ultimate competitor."