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Apr042014

Jason Kipnis Signs Six-Year Extension with Indians 

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(CLEVELAND) --  Just hours before their 2014 home opener, the Indians locked up one of their young stars for years to come.

The team announced they've signed second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year contract worth $52.5 million.  The 27-year-old is now tied to the Indians through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.

"This was our third attempt at it, so it's good to finally be able to get it done," general manager Chris Antonetti said . "It's a complicated thing. You have to figure out what the right value is, what the appropriate way is to share risk, and this was the time we were able to do it."

Kipnis helped the Indians finish with a 92-70 record in 2013.  The team made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.  In 149 games, he batted .284 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs.

"It's an amazing feeling to get something done," said Kipnis. "I wanted to stay here. I'm excited about being here. "

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