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Indians sign Jason Kipnis to 6-year, $52.5 million extension

The second baseman is now under Indians' control through the 2020 season.

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to sign second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million extension that includes a $16.5 million club option for 2020, as first reported by Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain's Jordan Bastian has a complete breakdown of the deal:

Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is the third Indian to receive a long-term extension in the last few months, joining outfielder Michael Brantley (four years, $25 million) and catcher Yan Gomes (six years, $23 million). Kipnis' deal covers all three of his arbitration years along with two (potentially three with the team option) free agent years, guaranteeing to keep him in Cleveland through his age-32 season.

Kipnis has been working on an extension with the Indians since the beginning of spring training, and has been the team's main focus since talks about a long-term deal with Justin Masterson fell apart in mid-March. Kipnis' deal could reach $69 million in total value over seven seasons, and is comparable to Matt Carpenter's six-year, $52 million deal with the Cardinals that could reach $70.5 million in total value.

Kipnis was named to his first AL All-Star team last season en route to hitting .284 with 17 HR and 84 RBI in 149 games last season. In 340 games over a four-year major league career, he is a lifetime .270 hitter with 38 HR and 179 RBI.