Baseball notes, April 4
Only hours before this seasons home opener Friday, the Cleveland Indians guaranteed Jason Kipnis will be around for more than a few more.
The All-Star second baseman agreed to a six-year, $52.5 million contract through the 2019 season. The deal includes a club option for 2020.
Kipnis signed the contract one day after turning 27, giving him a birthday gift of wealth and security hell never forget.
Its an amazing feeling to get something done, Kipnis said. I wanted to stay here. Im excited about being here.
Kipnis is the latest player to be signed to a long-term deal by the Indians, who reached agreements with outfielder Michael Brantley (four years, $25 million) and catcher Yan Gomes (six years, $23 million) in the past two months.
Its the ownership, the top, showing us that they believe in us, that weve got the guys who can win games now and we want them to stick around, Kipnis said. Im excited about being a part of that.
First choice: New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Lucas Duda will get the majority of the playing time at first base for the foreseeable future. The announcement means former starter Ike Davis could be a trade candidate.
We all want to see if Lucas can handle it, Collins said. Well just see how it works out.
Davis had 19 homers and 71 RBIs as a rookie in 2010 and hit 32 homers in 2012. But he got off to a miserable start last season and was demoted to the minors in June for 3 1/2 weeks.
Hes disappointed, Collins said of Davis. He should be, because he swung the bat pretty good this spring. I just said, Hey, there comes a time, with a number of spots right now, weve got to find out some things. And were not going to find out by alternating you every other day.
Briefly: The White Sox placed reliever Nate Jones on the disabled list with a strained hip and recalled pitcher Jake Petricka from Triple-A Charlotte. ... Reliever Hector Noesi was designated for assignment by the Mariners, who recalled pitcher Dominic Leone from Triple-A Tacoma.