Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis has signed a contract extension with the Indians. The details: $52.5 million over six years with an option for a seventh year. The deal was just officially announced by the team. There will be a press conference about it later this morning.
Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is entering his third full season in the majors. For his career he’s a .270/.348/.423 hitter and made the All-Star team last year.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: