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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Jason Kipnis launched his first homer of the season Wednesday, a two-run shot in a win over the Padres.
Kipnis' drive to right-center field off of Eric Stults in the sixth inning just cleared the wall and was all the runs the Indians needed to take the first game of the doubleheader. The second baseman now has six RBI in his first nine contests. Apr 9 - 3:27 PM

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Indians signed 2B Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $16.5 million club option for the 2020 season. The two sides had set Opening Day as a deadline for extension talks, but they were close enough to the finish line at the end of spring training that talks spilled over into the regular season. Kipnis, who turned 27 Thursday, is a career .270/.348/.423 hitter with 38 homers and 68 steals over his first 340 games. The deal locks him up for his first two and possibly three years of free agency.
Apr 4 - 8:05 AM

Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with the Indians' only run scored as the Indians lost the first game of a doubleheader to the A's Wednesday.

Kipnis had two of the team's five hits in the game. His double and run scored in the ninth inning came with the game already largely decided. He's back in the lineup for the nightcap as well.
Apr 2 - 8:01 PM

Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with an RBI against the D'Backs on Thursday.

Kipnis stays hot, bumping his average up to .353. He's had back-to-back multi-hit games and has hit safely in six out of his last seven games. Fantasy owners didn't need his great spring performance to realize this, but he'll once again be among the best-hitting second basemen.
Mar 27 - 6:18 PM

Jason Kipnis had a productive day against the Brewers on Wednesday, recording two hits and two RBI in three at-bats.

Kipnis drove in two with a double in the fourth inning. His Cactus League average is up to .333 in 48 at-bats. All signs point to Kipnis having another productive year at second base for the Indians, with or without a contract extension in place.
Mar 26 - 6:00 PM

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run against the Reds on Monday.

Kipnis hit a three-run blast off of J.J. Hoover in the sixth inning, his first long ball of the spring. As the end of spring training nears, Kipnis is enjoying a .326 average in 43 at-bats. The Indians and Kipnis are hoping to get a contract extension completed before the regular season begins.
Mar 24 - 6:16 PM

The Indians and Jason Kipnis have set Opening Day as a deadline in contract extension talks.

"Our goal is always to have contract matters resolved before the start of the season to allow everyone's focus to remain on the field," general manager Chris Antonetti said. Kipnis isn't eligible for arbitration until after the upcoming season, but the Tribe would like to go ahead and lock up their second baseman for the long haul. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman uses Matt Carpenter's recent six-year, $52 million extension as a barometer for what Kipnis is likely to get.
Mar 21 - 8:39 AM

Jason Kipnis finished 3-for-3 with an RBI against the Angels on Monday.

All three hits were singles. Kipnis put the Indians on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single to left. He is now hitting .444 in 18 spring at-bats. Kipnis was one of the game's five best second basemen last season and appears to be a solid bet to remain there for years to come.
Mar 10 - 6:37 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Indians have discussed a long-term extension with Jason Kipnis.

But it's difficult to say how far along the negotiations might be. Kipnis isn't even arbitration-eligible until next winter and can't hit the free agent market until 2018, but pre-arb deals have become a trend in baseball and locking up the 26-year-old second baseman would be a huge win for Cleveland. Kipnis batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 149 games last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 24 - 11:59 AM

Jason Kipnis said he is "absolutely" open to discussing a contract extension.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported over the weekend that Cleveland was interested in opening up a dialogue. "Both sides were trying to get something done [last year]," Kipnis said. "We just didn't come to the middle point yet. We didn't agree on years or numbers yet. Both of us are still trying and looking for the right number." Kipnis, 26, is coming off a year where he batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Cleveland wants to lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly into free agency, but the star second baseman said they will have to do so before the season begins. "When the season starts, (I) just want to concentrate on the season and playing, rather than it being a distraction," he said.
Jan 27 - 8:58 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians will "probably" discuss a contract extension with Jason Kipnis during spring training.

Hoynes adds that Kipnis is "open" to an extension. The Tribe's second baseman isn't eligible for arbitration until after the upcoming season, but it sounds like Cleveland wants to lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly into free agency. Kipnis, 26, is coming off a year where he batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases.
Jan 26 - 1:01 PM

Jason Kipnis finished 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and steal in Sunday's 5-1 triumph over the Twins.

Kipnis had a good season in 2012, but 2013 will be remembered as his true breakthrough. The second baseman slashed .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI, 86 runs and 30 steals in 149 games. It won't take long for his name to be called in spring fantasy drafts.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 05:45:00 PM

Jason Kipnis blasted a two-run homer, helping to power the red-hot Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Twins on Friday.

Kipnis finished the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and also walked. He continues to establish himself as one of the premier offensive second baseman in the league, hitting .285/.366/.470 with 16 homers, 74 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:30:00 PM

Jason Kipnis hasn't homered since July 21.

Which isn't to say that Kipnis is playing poorly; in fact, he's hitting .300 with a .375 OBP in August. His power and speed haven't yet manifested this month, however: Kipnis is slugging .360 and hasn't swiped a base in 13 games. Despite the recent struggles, Kipnis remains an All-World fantasy player. He's batting .293 and is on pace for 20 homers, 92 RBI, 84 runs and 28 steals.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 07:56:00 PM

Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Indians' win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Kipnis did all his damage with well-timed singles, including one with the bases loaded that ended up bringing in the game-winning run. The three runs batted in gives Kipnis 68 on the year, third-most among second baseman. He's cooled since being the American League Player of the Month in June, but Kipnis is still hitting a nice .294/.373/.497 for the year.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
1B1Nick Swisher
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Elliot Johnson
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Carlos Santana
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Ryan Raburn
2Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Danny Salazar
4Zach McAllister
5Carlos Carrasco
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1John Axford
2Cody Allen
3Bryan Shaw
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Josh Outman
6Blake Wood
7Scott Atchison
8C.C. Lee