Rangers Sign Pitcher Matt Harrison to Five-Year Deal
The Texas Rangers have signed All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison to a five-year, $55 million contract.
This means Texas' top three starters, Harrison, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland are now signed to long-term contracts.
Harrison is expected to be the No. 2 pitcher in Texas' rotation, behind Yu Darvish.
The deal will take up Harrison's final two arbitration-eligible years and his first three years of free agency.
The contract includes a $13.25 million option for 2018 that could go up by as much as $2 million depending on incentives. The option includes a $2 million buyout. Harrison can vest the option if he pitches 200 or more innings in each of the final three years of the contract.
Harrison will make $13 million combined in the first two seasons of the deal and then $13 million in each of the final three seasons.
Harrison, 27, an All-Star for the first time in 2012.
He won a team-high 18 games last season, sporting a 3.34 ERA in nearly 400 innings. The left-hander pitched a career-high 213 1/3 innings last season.
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