THE NEWBERG REPORT — FEBRUARY 19, 2008

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers and Ian Kinsler are on the verge of announcing a long-term contract that will guarantee the 25-year-old $22 million over five years, with a sixth-year club option for an additional $10 million (or a $500,000 buyout).

This is great news for everyone involved, and while primary congratulations are appropriate for Jon Daniels and his crew, and for Ian and Tess, I think a hearty shout-out is in order for Rangers Central Crosschecker Mike Grouse, who was the area scout that pounded his fist on June 3, 2003 until Texas called Kinsler’s name in the 17th round.

More on this deal in the next Newberg Report.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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