Found January 17, 2013 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
ARLINGTON, Texas All you have to know about how the Texas Rangers are trying to build their team for the future is look at their starting rotation.
Yu Darvish is under contract through 2017. Derek Holland's current contract could run through 2018. Alexi Ogando is under team control through the 2016 season.
And after Matt Harrison signed a five year, 55-million deal that includes a vesting club option Thursday, the left-hander is Texas property through at least the 2017 season.
Ogando, who is making the transition back to start this spring, is the grizzled veteran of the four at 29.
"To look up and have Matt and Yu and Derek and Alexi and know that the core of the rotation's going to be here," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "You're talking about three guys that are 27 or under that are All-Stars and Derek had a shutout in the World Series. These are accomplished young pitchers. We're not done. We're always looking to get better. But it is evidence that all the efforts we've made on the scouting and development side that has put this young rotation together is paying off."
Harrison is proof of that.
In 2010 he wasn't even on the postseason roster. But over the next two years, Harrison has developed into an All-Star pitcher who is among the top five in victories in the American League over that span.
Now he's happy to be part of a rotation that has a bright future.
"It's huge to have two guys (Darvish, Holland) of that caliber to already be locked up and to know I'll be another piece of that of rotation for the next five years is huge," said Harrison, who could have been a free agent following the 2014 season. "It's huge to know we have those guys and with Ogando back in the rotation, we've seen what he's done two years ago. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a good pitching staff."
Harrison set career highs in victories (18), starts (32), innings pitched (213 13) and strikeouts (133) in 2012 while earning his first trip to the All-Star Game. He was the AL pitcher of the month in June and tied for third in the AL with four complete games.
While those are gaudy numbers, Harrison, 27, has no plans to rest on them.
"I definitely want to continue to improve," Harrison said. "I'm not content where I'm at right now. I want to be one of the best pitchers in the game not just left-handed. I want to continue to work as hard as I can in each aspect of the game and continue to learn. I don't ever want to stop learning this game because once I do that, there's no point in playing anymore."
Harrison, who grew up in a one-stoplight town in North Carolina, said it hasn't sunk in yet that he's signed such a lucrative deal. He doesn't think the new contract will change him however.
"In this industry if you're able to go out and able to do your job, the money's there to be made," Harrison said. "At the same time, coming from hardly anything growing up, I know how hard it was for my parents. Now that I've signed this deal it sets up my family and my daughter for life. It's very humbling to be able to do that. I won't take it lightly."
Despite that opportunity, Harrison signing the deal wasn't a forgone conclusion. Both sides wanted a deal to happen but that doesn't mean it was going to.
But the bright future for the Texas pitching staff helped make up Harrison's mind.
"It looks like they're bringing in the pieces here to continue to win," he said. "I want to be able to continue to win. I look at is it could be my last start any day. This contract sets me up for life. It sets up security for my family. It's a place I can call home for the next five years."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Pitcher Matt Harrison has agreed to a five-year, $55 million deal with the Texas Rangers, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. The left-handed Harrison, 27, is scheduled to make $13 million over the first two years combined, but he will make $13 million in each of the final three seasons, according to ESPNDallas.com. There is a $13.25 million option for 2018, and that...
Derek Holland has had a little extra pep in his step the last couple of days.
That's because the Texas left-hander found out he'd be part of Team USA's squad for the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Holland was one of four starting pitchers selected for the team's provisional squad Thursday, joining Toronto's R.A. Dickey, San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong...
ARLINGTON, Texas Playing catch for a baseball player doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
It was for Texas right-hander Neftali Feliz Friday.
Feliz played catch for the first time since he had Tommy John surgery last August. He was at Rangers Ballpark as part of the team's winter pitching camp.
Feliz said he was a little nervous playing catch but he's cleared...
Baseball fans always knew Nolan Ryan could bring the heat for the Texas Rangers.
This upcoming season, more than ever, the team president is bringing the beef at Rangers Ballpark. And the dogs.
Thats because his company Nolan Ryans All-Natural Beef has been selected as the exclusive hot dog and beef provider at Rangers Ballpark.
Ryan, who can normally be found sitting next...
A person familiar with the deal says the Texas Rangers and All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison have agreed to a $55 million, five-year contract.
The deal includes an option for a sixth season, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the team hadn't announced the agreement.
Several media outlets had reported the...
The Texas Rangers and 27-year old left-handed starter Matt Harrison have agreed to a five-year contract extension (with an option for a sixth year) worth $55 million.
Harrison has had just two full seasons in the majors, but has compiled 8.2 fWAR over those two years. Harrison had a 3.39 ERA in 2011, and had a 3.29 ERA in 2012. Harrison doesn't strike many hitters out, totaling...
Apparently it was smart for Matt Harrison to skip the World Baseball Classic and focus on contract negotiations and preparing for the 2013 season. He and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a five-year contract extension. After the 2012 season, Harrison's extension quickly became a top priority for the club.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last night...
Yu Darvish has his partner at the top of the Rangers’ rotation for the next few years. Matt Harrison and the Rangers agreed Wednesday night to a five-year, $55 million dollar contract, making the 27-year-old an official piece of the Rangers’ ever-impressive core.
However, where Darvish has the ideal profile for a hitters’ heaven like Texas — swing-and-miss stuff with every...
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...
All 16 nations who qualified for the 2013 World Baseball Classic announced their provisional rosters for the tournament on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout profiles the eight Texas Rangers players and prospects who will appear in the WBC this March.
Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers are working on a possible long-term contract extension. The last thing he needs is to risk injury unnecessarily. That means Harrison will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic. The 27-year old lefty was invited to play for Team USA, but he has declined.
Harrison said he was declining the invite because of the number of innings...