- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland has agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2016 season that will pay him a total of $28.5 million and includes club options for two more seasons after that.

Holland won 16 games last season for the two-time American League champions. Texas announced the deal Tuesday.

Holland has a 27-22 record over three major league seasons in Texas, the team that drafted him in the 25th round of the 206 draft. He was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA last season.

With Holland’s deal, the Rangers have two 25-year-old starters under contract for a long period. Yu Darvish, the right-hander from Japan, is at the start of a six-year deal.



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