Just a quick note to say that a lot of back-and-forth and some concern that it wouldn’t happen or wouldn’t happen until the end of the season, the Indians just announced that they signed Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020 (and there was much rejoicing). According to Jon Heyman at CBS, the breakdown is: $1 million signing bonus and annual salary per year: $2 million, $4 million, $6 million, $9 million, $13.5 million, $14.5 million, and $16.5 million option in 2020 with a $2.5 million buyout. This is a fine birthday present for young Mr. Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday. The Indians selected Kipnis in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, making him one of the few homegrown star-quality players in recent memory. He made his major league debut on July 22, 2011; a week later, he became the first Indians rookie to homer in four consecutive games since Al Rosen.
The Indians now have 16 players under contract through at least 2016. They include:
RHP Bryan Shaw
1B Nick Swisher
About half these names (Allen, Brantley, Gomes, Kipnis, Kluber, Raburn, Santana, Salazar) are players that feel like they could and should be core players going forward. All we need to do is add Justin Masterson’s name to this list.