Originally written January 18, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The Texas Rangers insured the heart of their rotation would be locked up longer than President Barack Obama will be in office. Left-hander Matt Harrison became the third member of the rotation to earn a long-term contract when he and the Rangers signed a five-year deal worth $55 million on Jan. 17. The deal carries a club option that could be vested based on innings pitched, giving the Rangers potential control of Harrison through 2018. Harrison receives a $1 million signing bonus and $5 million for 2013. He will be paid $8 million in 2014 and then $13 million annually from 2015 to 2017. The option is worth $13.25 million, but could grow to $15.75 million based on innings pitched. If the option is not picked up, Harrison receives a $2 million buyout. Harrison, 27, joins right-hander Yu Darvish, who is signed through 2017, and LHP Derek Holland, who signed through 2016 with club options for 2017 and 2018. In addition, RHP Alexi Ogando is not arbitration eligible until after th...
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