Texas Rangers have seemingly landed a bargain in signing 25-year-old SP Derek Holland to a 5-year $28.5 million contract. Holland was eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season but wanted to ensure his long term future with the Rangers. At his current rate of success he would of been able to land a much bigger contract on the free agent market, hypothetically. But none of that matters to the young Holland as his immediate plans include purchasing a home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The contract compensates the 2011 sixteen-game winner as follows: $1 million this year, $3.2 million next year, $5.4 million in 2014, $7.4 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016. The Rangers have a $11 million option for 2017 and a $11.5 million option for 2018, including the following buyout options – $1.5 million (2017) and $1 million (2018).
Derek Holland will offer value for your 2012 fantasy baseball teams this year, provided you draft him accordingly. Currently he barely breaks the top 50 in the starting pitcher rankings. There is room for growth this year, but don’t reach too high. Pitchers like Jeremy Hellickson, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez offer more upside.