Apparently it was smart for Matt Harrison to skip the World Baseball Classic and focus on contract negotiations and preparing for the 2013 season. He and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a five-year contract extension. After the 2012 season, Harrison's extension quickly became a top priority for the club.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last night that the Rangers had reached a deal with their 27-year old lefty.
#Rangers and Matt Harrison have agreed on a five-year contract extension with an option, according to a major-league source.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 17, 2013
The deal was later confirmed to be worth $55 million. And the Rangers are getting a bargain at that price if Harrison continues to pitch like he did his last two seasons.
While remaining healthy on a roster that saw pitchers dropping like flies, Harrison managed to post an 18-11 record last year. In his last two seasons, Harrison has gone 32-20. In 2012 he posted a 3.29 ERA. In 2011, he posted a 3.39 ERA.
The Rangers will now have Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison as anchors of their starting rotation for the foreseeable future. They still have not replaced the offense they lost this offseason, but their are building a nice pitching staff.