Matt Harrison helped keep the Texas Rangers relevant and in control of the American League West for most of 2012. They lost the division at the end of the season, but still made the playoffs as a Wild Card. Had it not been for Harrison, the Rangers may not have made the postseason at all.
The Rangers recognize Harrison's value. They are honoring him as the club's Pitcher of the Year, and they are discussing a possible long-term contract extension. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the arbitration-eligible Harrison confirmed the discussions Monday.
"It's kind of like preliminary stuff; nothing has become serious yet," Harrison said Monday night from his offseason home in North Carolina. "That's something that will be good to get done before Spring Training. With the holidays and free agency, there hasn't been much said about it."
And it appears he would be open to an extension:
"The main thing as long as my family is happy and taken care of, if something like that happens, I'd be up for it. It would be a place to call home for the next four or five years. I like the guys I play with and I like Texas. It will be a good thing."
Harrison managed to stay healthy last season while the rest of the Texas staff was dropping like flies. Harrison exited a June game with back stiffness, but he avoided the disabled list. In total, Harrison started 32 games - the most of his career.
Harrison posted an 18-11 record and had a 3.29 ERA last season. In his career, Harrison has a 4.08 ERA. Aside from 2010, Harrison has been a starter throughout his career.