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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman | #22

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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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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

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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

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears there is "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a Jason Kipnis trade.

The two sides have engaged in serious discussions this week at the Winter Meetings and the heat probably turned up even further when Ian Kinsler went to the Angels on Wednesday night. Kinsler had been a target of the Mets, but they were on his no-trade list and he told Tigers GM Al Avila that he would only accept a move to Anaheim. Kipnis would be a nice bounceback play for the apparently cost-conscious Metropolitans. He struggled to a .232/.291/.414 batting line in 2017 with Cleveland, but the 30-year-old second baseman put up an .817 OPS in 297 games between 2015-2016.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have had talks with the Indians regarding second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis had a rather disappointing and injury-plagued 2017 campaign for the Tribe, slashing just .232/.291/.414 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and six swipes in 90 games. The Mets have also spoken to the Tigers about Ian Kinsler and Carig notes that they may approach the Pirates about Josh Harrison at the upcoming Winter Meetings.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:31:00 AM

The Indians say they're going into the offseason without a position set in stone for Jason Kipnis.

The club will make a determination on Kipnis' position based on what they're able to do or not do at other positions over the offseason. Kipnis had played only second base in the majors coming into the season but was used in center field down the stretch.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 02:35:00 PM

Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a triple as the Indians were shut out by Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Kipnis tripled with one out in the fourth inning, which was the Indians' greatest scoring threat in the contest, but they were unable to cash him in. He also singled against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning, collecting two of the club's five total hits in the contest.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Jason Kipnis is starting in center field and batting second in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday night against the Yankees.

Kipnis played 11 games in center field over the final two weeks of the regular season and now the Indians are ready to extend that experiment into the playoffs. The full lineup for Cleveland in this ALDS opener against Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Jay Bruce RF, Carlos Santana 1B, Lonnie Chisenhall LF, Roberto Perez C, Giovanny Urshela 3B. Trevor Bauer is pitching.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer Thursday in the win over the Twins.

It was his first homer since he came off the disabled list 11 days ago. He's gone 7-for-25 with three extra-base hits in eight games since returning. It'll be interesting to see how many starts the Indians give him in center field in the postseason. He probably won't see any action at second base.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Jason Kipnis was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Saturday.

Manager Terry Francona continues to ease him back into action after a lengthy stay on the disabled list. Tyler Naquin is starting in center field and batting sixth for the Tribe on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 01:56:00 PM

Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday versus the Angels.

Greg Allen will play center field and bat second versus Anaheim right-hander Parker Bridwell. Jose Ramirez is also getting the day off, with Erik Gonzalez covering second base and hitting ninth.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Indians activated 2B/OF Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list.

Not only is he back on the active roster, Kipnis is starting in center field Sunday in what is his first game in the outfield since rookie ball back in 2009. He's missed the last three-and-a-half weeks with a strained right hamstring.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 10:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Eric Haase
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
4Michael Martinez
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Willi Castro
3Yu-Cheng Chang
4Eric Stamets
5Drew Maggi
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
3Melvin Upton
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Greg Allen
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Danny Salazar
6Mike Clevinger
7Alexi Ogando
8Cody Anderson
9Ryan Merritt
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Zach McAllister
4Dan Otero
5Tyler Olson
6Nick Goody
7Shawn Morimando
8Neil Ramirez
9Jeff Beliveau
10Evan Marshall
11Lisalverto Bonilla
12Julian Merryweather