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The Rangers are discussing a five-year extension for Derek Holland

Dec 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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Evan Grant reports that the Rangers are in discussions for a long term deal, thought to be for five years, for Derek Holland.

Holland is already team-controlled through 2015, but after next season he would become arbitration eligible and a guy with his win totals would probably stand to make a pretty penny through arbitration because that’s just how it works.  As Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR notes, however, several comparable pitchers to Holland have singed five year deals in the $30 million range, some with team options, some without.

Holland is coming off a year in which he went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA and a 162/67 K/BB ratio in 198 innings. He also had four shutouts, tying for the league lead.

  1. crispybasil - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    As long as the contract has mustache performance incentives.

    • winkeroni - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      He’s a braver man than me. I’m the authority of facial hair and I would usually hand a guy like Holland a razor. To go out there and wear that mustache, if that’s what we’re going to call it, with pride, I respect that.

  2. Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Christ, Craig, will you quit posting about baseball for a minute and just give us some dirt on Deborah Read?

  3. hittfamily - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Didn’t I see that guy on Dateline? Some chick asked him if he wanted a cookie, then Chris Hansen started asking him all these weird questions.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I wonder if he’ll have an adult-grade moustache by the time the contract is over? His facial hair is the envy of most 14 yr old boys now though.

  5. nightman13 - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Does anybody else think he looks exactly like Uncle Rico?

  6. hushbrother - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Wash should’ve started Holland in Game 7, among about 40 other blunders.

    • cur68 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Or Cruz could have caught that ball in 6, or Mike Young could have not committed about 6 fielding errors (a good portion of which lead to runs), or as team they could have showed some plate discipline against Carpenter and laid off all those non-strikes OR Jessica Alba could give her buddy Minka Kelly a call and come over to my house and we’d make a ‘sandwich” together…I mean since we’re wishing and all, why not go big?

  7. cintiphil - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    The Rangers must keep this guy. Isn’t he one of the young studs who they are counting on in the future? Just because a young player had a poor start in a crucial game in a W-S, doesn’t mean as much as his performance over the 162 game season. And the potential for future performance.

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