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KIPNIS signs with Cubs.....his hometown team.

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Jason Kipnis knew it wasn’t going to be easy to find work once he left the Indians as a free agent at the end of the 2019 season after they declined his $16.5 million club option for 2020.

He was on the wrong side of 30 in an industry that over the last few years has not looked kindly on veterans whose production has slipped. He was right.

Kipnis, 32, had to wait until spring training camps were opening in Arizona and Florida to agree to a one-year minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs. The good part of the deal is that it could be a homecoming for Kipnis if he makes the big-league club. He’s from Northbrook, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and lives in the city.

If Kipnis makes the Cubs, he’ll make $1 million with a chance to earn incentives on a one-year deal. Kipnis spent the last nine years with the Indians, going to two All-Star Games. He was a second-round pick in 2009 out of Arizona State.

 

His numbers and his ability to stay on the field have been in decline since. Last year he hit .245 (112-for-458) in 121 games. He slashed .245/.304/.410 with 17 homers. He managed to recover from a slow start, hitting .270 with 15 homers and 50 RBI from June 16 through the end of the season.

The A’s and White Sox were also reportedly interested in Kipnis.

Kipnis, for the first time since he made his big-league debut in 2011, is going to have to compete for a job. The Cubs have David Bote, Daniel Descalso and prospect Nico Hoerner scheduled to see action at second base this spring.

The Indians had 12 free agents at the end of last season. A.J. Cole (Toronto); Tyler Clippard (Minnesota); Dan Otero (Yankees); Nick Goody (Texas); Tyler Olson (Cubs) and Kipnis have found jobs. Yasiel Puig, Danny Salazar, Cody Anderson, Dioner Navarro and Michael Martinez are still seeking employment. Adam Rosales retired.

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Kipnis seems like he's been in Cleveland forever but it only was 2011-2019 a key part of the current team.  Not too bad of stats for a 2B guy.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
9 Yrs 1121 4849 4290 594 1120 252 23 123 529 135 33 449 910 .261 .333 .417 .750 102 1787 75 38 26 46 16    
162 Game Avg. 162 701 620 86 162 36 3 18 76 20 5 65 132 .261 .333 .417 .750 102 258 11 5 4 7 2    
2011 24 CLE AL 36 150 136 24 37 9 1 7 19 5 0 11 34 .272 .333 .507 .841 133 69 0 2 0 1 0 4  
2012 25 CLE AL 152 672 591 86 152 22 4 14 76 31 7 67 109 .257 .335 .379 .714 102 224 12 5 3 6 2 *4/D  
2013 26 CLE AL 149 658 564 86 160 36 4 17 84 30 7 76 143 .284 .366 .452 .818 130 255 10 3 5 10 3 *4/D AS,MVP-11
2014 27 CLE AL 129 555 500 61 120 25 1 6 41 22 3 50 100 .240 .310 .330 .640 80 165 15 2 1 2 2 *4/D  
2015 28 CLE AL 141 641 565 86 171 43 7 9 52 12 8 57 107 .303 .372 .451 .823 120 255 5 9 4 6 6 *4D AS,MVP-16
2016 29 CLE AL 156 688 610 91 168 41 4 23 82 15 3 60 146 .275 .343 .469 .811 109 286 21 6 5 7 0 *4/D  
2017 30 CLE AL 90 373 336 43 78 25 0 12 35 6 2 28 71 .232 .291 .414 .705 81 139 0 2 2 5 0 48/D  
2018 31 CLE AL 147 601 530 65 122 28 1 18 75 7 1 60 112 .230 .315 .389 .704 90 206 5 7 1 3 1 *48/D  
2019 32 CLE AL 121 511 458 52 112 23 1 17 65 7 2 40 88 .245 .304 .410 .715 84 188 7 2 5 6 2 *4/D  
 

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