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The Indians and Jason Kipnis have set Opening Day as a deadline in contract extension talks.

"Our goal is always to have contract matters resolved before the start of the season to allow everyone's focus to remain on the field," general manager Chris Antonetti said. Kipnis isn't eligible for arbitration until after the upcoming season, but the Tribe would like to go ahead and lock up their second baseman for the long haul. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman uses Matt Carpenter's recent six-year, $52 million extension as a barometer for what Kipnis is likely to get.

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Jason Kipnis finished 3-for-3 with an RBI against the Angels on Monday.

All three hits were singles. Kipnis put the Indians on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single to left. He is now hitting .444 in 18 spring at-bats. Kipnis was one of the game's five best second basemen last season and appears to be a solid bet to remain there for years to come.

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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Indians have discussed a long-term extension with Jason Kipnis.

But it's difficult to say how far along the negotiations might be. Kipnis isn't even arbitration-eligible until next winter and can't hit the free agent market until 2018, but pre-arb deals have become a trend in baseball and locking up the 26-year-old second baseman would be a huge win for Cleveland. Kipnis batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 149 games last season.

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Jason Kipnis said he is "absolutely" open to discussing a contract extension.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported over the weekend that Cleveland was interested in opening up a dialogue. "Both sides were trying to get something done [last year]," 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." Kipnis, 26, is coming off a year where he batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Cleveland wants to lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly into free agency, but the star second baseman said they will have to do so before the season begins. "When the season starts, (I) just want to concentrate on the season and playing, rather than it being a distraction," he said.

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians will "probably" discuss a contract extension with Jason Kipnis during spring training.

Hoynes adds that Kipnis is "open" to an extension. The Tribe's second baseman isn't eligible for arbitration until after the upcoming season, but it sounds like Cleveland wants to lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly into free agency. Kipnis, 26, is coming off a year where he batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

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Jason Kipnis finished 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and steal in Sunday's 5-1 triumph over the Twins.

Kipnis had a good season in 2012, but 2013 will be remembered as his true breakthrough. The second baseman slashed .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers, 84 RBI, 86 runs and 30 steals in 149 games. It won't take long for his name to be called in spring fantasy drafts.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 8 Months

Jason Kipnis blasted a two-run homer, helping to power the red-hot Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Twins on Friday.

Kipnis finished the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and also walked. He continues to establish himself as one of the premier offensive second baseman in the league, hitting .285/.366/.470 with 16 homers, 74 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 8 Months

Jason Kipnis hasn't homered since July 21.

Which isn't to say that Kipnis is playing poorly; in fact, he's hitting .300 with a .375 OBP in August. His power and speed haven't yet manifested this month, however: Kipnis is slugging .360 and hasn't swiped a base in 13 games. Despite the recent struggles, Kipnis remains an All-World fantasy player. He's batting .293 and is on pace for 20 homers, 92 RBI, 84 runs and 28 steals.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 9 Months

Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Indians' win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Kipnis did all his damage with well-timed singles, including one with the bases loaded that ended up bringing in the game-winning run. The three runs batted in gives Kipnis 68 on the year, third-most among second baseman. He's cooled since being the American League Player of the Month in June, but Kipnis is still hitting a nice .294/.373/.497 for the year.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 9 Months

Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the White Sox.

It's just a day of maintenance. Mike Aviles will start at second base against White Sox ace Chris Sale.