Rangers decline option on Derek Holland, make him a free agent
The Texas Rangers declined their $11 million option on Derek Holland’s contract. They’ll pay him his $1.5 million buyout and he’ll immediately become a free agent.
Holland, 30, had a bad season, finishing the regular season with a 7-9 record, a 4.95 ERA and a 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings. He missed about two months during the summer due to inflammation in his left shoulder. Holland then lost his spot in the starting rotation in late September and was not included on the Rangers’ ALDS roster against the Blue Jays.
The Rangers issued a statement:
That means that, sure, the Rangers would take Holland back, but not at $11 million. One would suspect that Holland will test the market, of course, as it’s super thin, pitching wise.
In 179 career games for Texas, Holland is 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA.