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The Texas Rangers took their first major step towards locking up their core players as they signed left-hander Derek Holland to a five-year deal.
The contract, which runs through the 2016 season, also includes club option in 2017 and 2018.
The Rangers began discussing a deal with Holland in December but the talks stalled.
Holland is coming off a breakout season in 2011. In his first full year in the Texas rotation, Holland went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA. Holland, 25, dazzled the country in his last start in Game 4 of the World Series. He pitched 8 13 shutout innings against St. Louis.
Hollands regular season also included four shutouts, the most by a Texas pitcher since 1981. Holland, who made the Opening Day roster for the first time last year, was drafted in the 25th round by the Rangers in the 2006 draft.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels said going into the offseason that lockinp up core players would be an offseason priority. Holland marks the first player the Rangers have signed this offseason that includes free agent years.
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Now that the Rangers have extended Derek Holland, Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz, the next step would be to evaluate the possibility of giving a contract extension to Josh Hamilton. We all know what Hamilton is capable of doing when he's healthy, and the Rangers should strongly consider extending considering all that they have invested in him.
At the end of the 2012 season, the...
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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a five-year deal with left handed pitcher Derek Holland according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deal is for $28 million and will include options for 2017 and 2018 adds Wilson.
Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA, 3.0 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9 and 7.4 SO/9 in 198 innings for the Rangers in 2011. His VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) was...
The budding rivalry between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels took an odd twist Sunday.
Former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson took to Twitter and sent out an old phone number of current Texas catcher Mike Napoli. Later he apologized to Napoli on Twitter and said the he did the prank because Napoli said he couldn't wait to hit a homer off Wilson.
Smart move by Wilson? Wilson...
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Neftali Feliz pitched three scoreless innings, then left with shoulder stiffness Tuesday during the Texas Rangers' 6-2 victory over a Chicago Cubs' split squad.
The right-hander, being switched from the bullpen to the rotation, was making his third start. He allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one.
Feliz will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Ryan Dempster gave up two...
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Feliz, who is switching from the team's closer to the starting rotation, pitched three shutout innings before departing.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol left the game with a cramp in his pitching hand after recording two outs.
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