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Cano holding up Kinsler's payday

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08:14 AM ET 04.04 | The Rangers are reportedly discussing a six-year contract with Ian Kinsler that would begin in 2013. The Rangers, sources say, are willing to give Kinsler a salary higher than Dan Uggla's record average for a second baseman, $12.4 million. But the team probably does not want to go far above that figure, which is where [Robinson Cano] enters the equation. The Yankees exercised Cano's $14 million option for this season and hold a $15 million option on him for 2013. His next deal, whether achieved in an extension or through free agency, figures to be at a much higher number. Kinsler, who turns 30 on June 22, is signed for $7 million this season with a $10 million club option for 2013.

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April 4, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Cano>Kinsler

April 4, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cano>Kinsler

Kinsler is no where near as good as Cano.

April 4, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Sorry but the way he steals bases and his range on the field put him in the same class as Cano.... might not hit for anything better than .260 but ill take 30-30 and 1 1/2 of the best double play tandem in the league....

April 4, 2012  09:42 AM ET

It's Opening Day!

April 4, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry but the way he steals bases and his range on the field put him in the same class as Cano.... might not hit for anything better than .260 but ill take 30-30 and 1 1/2 of the best double play tandem in the league....

then you overpay him, few others would pay him as much as Cano, whatever that is.

April 4, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's Opening Day!

Play Ball!

April 4, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

then you overpay him, few others would pay him as much as Cano, whatever that is.

Gladly...

April 4, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's Opening Day!

For some teams. Not 'til tomorrow for me.

April 4, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Cano is a better fielder and hitter than Kinsler. Not that Kinsler isn't a great player to have on your team but Robby is the man at 2nd base.

April 4, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry but the way he steals bases and his range on the field put him in the same class as Cano.... might not hit for anything better than .260 but ill take 30-30 and 1 1/2 of the best double play tandem in the league....

I guess you haven't seen Cano's range? Kinsler in no way is anywhere near Cano's ability.

April 4, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Gladly...

You'd pay him 20 mil a year? That nuts.

April 4, 2012  10:14 AM ET

But to Texas, Kinsler is an important piece of their offense. I say pay him.

April 4, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Gladly...

That's cool, i feel the same way about overpaying Jeter, and Posada, and...

April 4, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

But to Texas, Kinsler is an important piece of their offense. I say pay him.

I would say he's an important piece if he was playing for the Padres or the Mariners, but not the Rangers whose lineup is deep 1 through 9.

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April 4, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You'd pay him 20 mil a year? That nuts.

that is what i was thinking, but it wouldn't be the first player to get overpaid. Maybe Cano should wait for Kinsl;er to get 20 mill...then his price would go up.

April 4, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

that is what i was thinking, but it wouldn't be the first player to get overpaid. Maybe Cano should wait for Kinsl;er to get 20 mill...then his price would go up.

Robbie will get his 20 mi, just mentioning Cano and Kinsler in the same sentence is donkey ****.

<flips quarter to Slink>

April 4, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

That's cool, i feel the same way about overpaying Jeter, and Posada, and...

It's the price of doing business... and keeping your own.

And as Atro mentioned - Kinsler brings a lot to the table that isn't replacable. Add to that he is in the prime of his career...

You pay him.

April 4, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

that is what i was thinking, but it wouldn't be the first player to get overpaid. Maybe Cano should wait for Kinsl;er to get 20 mill...then his price would go up.

Teams are going to work on keeping their valued players. The Votto signing changed the price of doing business...


I wonder how much of this has to do with the new ownership group in LA...

 
April 4, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Teams are going to work on keeping their valued players. The Votto signing changed the price of doing business... I wonder how much of this has to do with the new ownership group in LA...

seveal teams have new revenue streams, MLB is working on national revenue streams. Teams will find it harder and harder to claim poverty. These players are making money hand over fist, so are the owners.

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