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April 05, 2012

Rangers Ian Kinsler talks about 'confusing' contract negotiations

Ian Kinsler didn't know how to address the latest questions about his contract extension status.

Has there been a formal offer? "I don't know how to answer that," Kinsler said "It's been a very confusing process."

Does he expected a deal to be done by Opening Day? "I would like to get something done."

Is he optimistic or pessimistic? "I'm neutral."

Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, and the Rangers have been discussing a long-term extension that would keep Kinsler with the team for the rest of his career.

Kinsler has said he would not negotiate once the season started, and said he hasn't changed that mindset.

The Rangers have an option year on Kinsler for 2013 that would pay him $10 million. If they don't pick that up for some reason, Kinsler would get a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent after this season.

The club's top two prospects at second are Leury Garcia, who will open at Double A, and Rougned Odor, who turned 18 on Feb. 3 and will start at Low A Hickory.

-- Drew Davison

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