General manager Jon Daniels has said throughout the off-season that retaining the core players from two World Series runs is the top priority for the Texas Rangers, though for now the process is in the preliminary stages.

Count second baseman Ian Kinsler as one of the players whom the Rangers have contacted about a long-term extension.

Kinsler, who has one year remaining on his contract plus a $10 million club option for 2013, said his agent, Jay Franklin, has talked to Rangers brass about a new deal.

"I want to stay here," Kinsler said. "I was drafted by the Rangers, and I want to be a Ranger. You never know how long it's going to take. I think the sooner the better for them, and the sooner the better for me."

The Rangers typically put the team together first before delving into extensions during spring training. Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli can become free agents after 2012, and Nelson Cruz has two more arbitration years before free agency.