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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman | #22

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / CLE
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Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's lopsided win over the Tigers.
Kipnis got in a full day's worth of work in five innings, ripping hits in the first, third and fifth innings before being replaced by a pinch runner in the one-sided affair. After a torrid spring, it's been a cold start to the year for the 31-year-old, who had just five hits in 46 at-bats coming into the game. Still looking for his first homer of the year, Kipnis is hitting .160/.236/.220 even after Thursday's good contest. Apr 12 - 9:26 PM

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Jason Kipnis stayed hot on Friday by going 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Somehow he didn’t hit a home run. Kipnis has been flat-out ridiculous during Cactus League action, hitting an even .500 (11-for-22) with six homers and 12 RBI. He appears to be on a mission for a rebound season.
Mar 9 - 10:39 PM

Jason Kipnis ripped a two-run homer -- his sixth already this spring -- on Tuesday against the Reds.

Kevin Shackelford was Kipnis' latest victim, as he took the right-hander deep in the third inning. In six games and just 17 plate appearances this spring, Kipnis has produced a ridiculous six dingers and 12 RBI. Spring training numbers always need to be taken with a grain of salt, but after Kipnis' injury-shortened, disappointing 2017, his big Cactus League showing so far is encouraging.
Mar 6 - 6:04 PM

Jason Kipnis hit his fifth homer of the Cactus League on Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Kipnis is as hot as any hitter in any camp at the moment. Not only does he have the five homers, he's batting a robust .571 in his short time in Arizona. This, of course, isn't sustainable and doesn't really count for anything, but the 30-year-old is clearly seeing the baseball well here in early March. It's a friendly reminder that he was a quality fantasy option in 2015 and 2016. He could be valuable once again in 2018.
Mar 4 - 6:34 PM

Jason Kipnis launched a three-run homer in Friday’s 9-4 Cactus League victory over the Rangers.

Kipnis is off to a scorching hot start this spring, with seven hits (including four homers and eight RBI) in just 11 at-bats. It’s nice to see after he posted a lowly .705 OPS last season while being limited to 90 games. The Indians shopped Kipnis over the winter, but the plan calls for him to be the starting second baseman this season.
Mar 2 - 6:38 PM

Jason Kipnis clobbered two homers and drove in four runs in a 16-8 rout over the A's on Tuesday in the Cactus League.

Kipnis is off to a red-hot start in the Cactus League this spring, already with three home runs. It's obviously a very small sample size, but it's also nice to see after his up-and-down 2017 campaign. Keep an eye on Kipnis for a potential bounceback in 2018.
Feb 27 - 6:34 PM

Jason Kipnis hit his first homer of the spring on Sunday in a 2-2 tie with the Reds.

The homer was a solo shot that came off of Reds reliever David Hernandez in the third inning. Kipnis, 30, struggled with injuries in 2017, but was able to post an OPS over .800 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, so it's reasonable to expect a bounce-back from the outfielder in 2018.
Feb 25 - 6:08 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Kipnis was held out of the team's first few Cactus League contests due to a sore lower back, but manager Terry Francona believes he'll be ready to go on Sunday. He's expected to start at second base for the Tribe in 2018, though he could play some left field if Michael Brantley isn't ready for the start of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 11:44 AM

Jason Kipnis will sit out the Indians' first few Cactus League games due to a sore lower back.

It's not a major concern here in late February. Kipnis was shopped by the Indians this winter and nearly traded to the Mets at one point, per reports, but he is locked in as Cleveland's primary second baseman leading into 2018.
Feb 22 - 1:49 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets nearly had a trade worked out for Jason Kipnis earlier this offseason.

Heyman writes that it was apparently "killed by someone at the top" of the Mets' front office, "very likely over money." Trade talks between the Mets and Indians probably won't fire back up given that the self-budgeting Mets just signed Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal. Kipnis is owed $30.5 million guaranteed over the next two years. He figures to open the 2018 season as Cleveland's regular second baseman, with Jose Ramirez primarily playing third.
Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians plan to move Jason Kipnis back to second base for the 2018 season.

Kipnis has been a man without a position, and the club had even considered him in left field as a contingency option in case Michael Brantley wasn't ready for the start of the season. That means that Jose Ramirez will now shift back to third base, where he began the 2017 campaign before shifting to second.
Jan 6 - 1:48 PM

Indians' general manager Chris Antonetti said Saturday that Jason Kipnis could be a contingency option in left field if Michael Brantley (shoulder) isn't ready for the start of the 2018 season.

Antonetti added that he still needs to talk to Kipnis about possible position plans for him heading into next season. The veteran infielder has also been a popular name in trade rumors, with the Mets seemingly the most interested in acquiring his services.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 01:52:00 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the Indians' "desire and need" to trade Jason Kipnis "is not as strong as perceived."

The Mets have been connected to Kipnis and there was even a report last week that there may be some movement toward a trade. However, that was before Carlos Santana signed with the Phillies and the Indians no longer have to clear some payroll in hopes of bringing Santana back. Kipnis is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him bat only .232/.291/.414, and he's owed $30.5 million over the next two seasons.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 06:27:00 PM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, a source expressed skepticism about the Mets' ability to acquire Jason Kipnis from the Indians.

The thought is that the Indians mainly want salary relief (Kipnis is guaranteed $30.5 million over the next two years), so little might be required in the way of talent going back, but apparently that could be too rich for the Mets. Cesar Hernandez, Josh Harrison, Jed Lowrie, and Starlin Castro are among the alternatives on the trade market, but they will likely cost more in the way of prospects. If a deal for Kipnis fails to come together, Carig speculates that the club could just bring back Jose Reyes.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 08:25:00 AM

Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that "there is nothing currently brewing" in regards to the Mets and trade talks for Jason Kipnis.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported Thursday that there was "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a trade involving Kipnis, but Ehalt is evidently hearing otherwise. The Mets are looking for a second baseman and Kipnis would be a buy-low candidate after he hit only .232/.291/.414 during an injury-shortened 2017.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Rajai Davis
3Greg Allen
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Mike Clevinger
5Josh Tomlin
6Danny Salazar
7Ryan Merritt
8Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Nick Goody
4Tyler Olson
5Dan Otero
6Zach McAllister
7Matt Belisle