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Texas Rangers and Derek Holland Sign Five-Year Deal

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Jamie Squire, Getty Images

The Texas Rangers and left-handed pitcher Derek Holland agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2016 season on Tuesday. The deal includes two club options for ’17 and ’18.

After starting last season 6-4, but with a 5.10 ERA in his first 17 games, Holland went 10-1 with a 2.77 ERA in his final 15 starts.  He followed that up by going 2-0 in four starts and two relief appearances in the playoffs. That included a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series, when he pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Overall Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA last season.

He is 27-22 over three major league seasons with Texas, after being selected in the 25th round of the 2006 draft.

“It’s all about being in Texas, wearing the Texas uniform and winning championships,” Holland said. “I just want to be a good role model. When I was coming up, I had guys like C.J. Wilson and Michael Young to look up to. Now it’s my turn. I want to be that guy.”

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