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ARLINGTON (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers have finalized a $55 million, five-year contract with All-Star left-hander Matt Harrison.
The deal comes a day after the 27-year-old filed for salary arbitration. Harrison was eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, but his new contract will keep him with the Rangers through at least 2017 and contains a team option for ’18 that becomes a vesting option if Harrison reaches certain plateaus for innings pitched.
Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts last year and is 32-20 over 399 innings during the past two seasons. He started Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, which the Rangers lost at St. Louis.
Texas acquired Harrison along with shortstop Elvis Andrus and right-hander Neftali Feliz from Atlanta in July 2007 in a seven-player deal that sent Mark Teixeira to the Braves.
Harrison has a career record of 48-30 with a 4.08 ERA in 126 games the past five years.
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