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Rangers sign closer Jose Leclerc to a four-year deal

Texas Rangers Photo Day

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Jose Leclerc #25 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait on photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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The Texas Rangers and closer Jose Leclerc have agreed to a $14.75 million, four-year contract. The deal covers all of his arbitration years and gives the Rangers team options for 2023 and 2024, which would’ve been the first two seasons of free agency. The options year would pay him $6 million and $6.25 million, respectively.

Leclerc, 25, became the Rangers’ closer last season and posted a 1.56 ERA and 12 saves in 16 chances. He led all big league relievers with a .126 opponents’ batting average and struck out 85 batters and walked 25 in 57.2 innings.

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