Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said he is “absolutely” open to contract extension talks during a brief sit down with the local media Sunday during Tribe Fest at Progressive Field, a conversation from last year that he expects to pick up again during spring training.
“Both sides were trying to get something done,” Kipnis said. "We just didn’t come to the middle point yet. We didn’t agree on years or numbers yet. Both of us are still trying and looking for the right number.”
But if a deal isn’t agreed upon once the regular season rolls around, Kipnis, who overcame a slow start last season to hit .284 with 17 home runs and 84 RBI and stole 30 bases, prefers the conversation be tabled again.
“When the season starts, (I) just want to concentrate on the season and playing, rather than it being a distraction,” he said.
After trying his hand at yoga last off season to aid flexibility, this winter Kipnis gained “about 10 to 15 pounds” of muscle by picking up boxing and a form of kick boxing called Muay Thai.
“Muay Thai is like MMA (mixed martial arts),” he said. “But I’m not sparring with anyone in a ring or anything like that. It’s more about movements that really help the body.”