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Thursday
Jan172013

Matt Harrison Nets $55 Million Deal from Rangers 

Major League Baseball (ARLINGTON, TX) --  The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Matt Harrison on a five-year $55 million 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.  The deal also includes a $13.25 million option for the 2018 season.

The deal will last through Harrison's final two arbitration-eligible years as well as his first three years of free-agency.

The 27-year-old Harrison won a team-high 18 games for the Rangers in 2012, pitching a career-high 213 1/3 innings.  He declined an invitation to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic so he could be rested for the 2013 season.

He is expected to be the No. 2 starter in the Rangers rotation behind Yu Darvish.

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