Ian Kinsler’s agent met with Rangers, “not very optimistic” about extension

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Ian Kinsler’s agent, Jay Franklin, met with the Rangers today about a contract extension at their request, but told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “not very optimistic” about the two sides getting something done before Opening Day.

Franklin did say that the Rangers are making “a sincere effort” in negotiations and normally there wouldn’t be a huge rush with Kinsler under contract for $7 million this season and a $10 million option for 2013, but the All-Star second baseman apparently won’t negotiate during the season.

So if the Rangers can’t get something worked out in the next week or so they’ll have to try again next winter with Kinsler just 162 games away from hitting the open market at age 31.