Holland, Rangers Agree On Long-Term Deal

By Stewart McKenzie, CBSDFW.COM

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Derek Holland, the shaggy haired pitcher nick-named the Dutch Oven, will be cooking up wins in Arlington for years to come.

The Rangers announced today that both sides agreed to a new five year deal that will keep Holland in a Texas uniform through the 2016 season. The contract includes club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Texas Rangers website reports the deal is worth $28 million.

Holland, who became a hit with fans when he grew a thin moustache, was a 16 game winner during the 2011 regular season while posting a 3.95 ERA.

“It’s all about being in Texas, wearing the Texas uniform and winning championships,” said Holland at a Tuesday press conference. “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.”

PLAY: Derek Holland Press Conference

In 3 seasons with the Rangers, Holland is 27-22 with a 4.73 ERA and 323 strikeouts.

The Rangers drafted Holland in the 25th round of the 2006 draft.  He was the organization’s 2008 Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Rangers fans got a glimpse of the pitcher’s potential during last year’s World Series.  In Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals, Holland pitched the Rangers to a victory allowing 2 hits over 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

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