Friday, January 18, 2013
Impact of Harrison's extension
By Jason A. Churchill
The Texas Rangers signed left-hander Matt Harrison to a five-year, $55 million extension this week, solidifying their starting rotation beyond 2013. The impact such a deal makes will undoubtedly spread beyond Arlington, however. As arbitration eligible starters continue to talk to their clubs about their contracts, Harrison's deal serves as a baseline. The southpaw was set for another year of arbitration after the 2013 season and then free agency after 2014.
Names that could benefit include right-hander Mat Latos of the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers righties Max Scherzer and Doug Fister and left-hander Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres. Latos and teammate Homer Bailey are already subjects of potential contract extensions, reported Mark Sheldon of MLB.com earlier this month.
Harrison's deal keeps him under control through 2017 and the club holds an option for 2018 that can vest with a healthy and effective final three years leading up to '18. The Rangers now have four starters under contract through at least 2016 -- Harrison, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. All but Ogando have guaranteed deals.