In five seasons with Texas, Harrison has a career record of 48-30 with a career 4.08 earned run average in 94 starts. In 2012, Harrison set career marks in wins (18), starts (32), strikeouts (133), and earned run average (3.29), and he pitched over 200 innings (213.1) for the first time.
As one of the more talented starters, the Rangers made sure that they weren't going to let the 27-year-old see his free-agent days.
With 2013 spring training right around the corner, Harrison is expected to be the Rangers' No. 2 starter behind Texas' new No. 1 man, Yu Darvish.
Harrison is one of the bright, young and talented names in the Rangers' rotation. He's shown flashes of brilliance throughout his time with Texas. Not only that, but there have been moments where he has looked better than most No. 1 pitchers around the big leagues.
The best part of the extension is paying a talented left-hander less than what most think he's worth. The Rangers will pay $5 million this coming season, $8 million in 2014, and $13 million in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.
With this extension, the Rangers have made it clear just how much they like Matt Harrison. He joins Ian Kinsler and Derek Holland who have also recently signed contract extensions with the team.
It's clear whom they want to lead this team for the next several years.
Todd Kaufmann lives in Arlington, Texas and has covered the Texas Rangers for Sports Page Weekly, a weekly publication in Dallas, Texas, as well as for Through the Fence Baseball where he is the voice of their Texas Rangers podcast.
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