Left-hander Holland agrees to $6M deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO: Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland agreed on a one-year, $6 million (5.7 million euros) deal with the Chicago White Sox, the Major League Baseball team said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

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Holland, 30, went 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA over 107 1/3 innings in 22 games with the Texas Rangers in 2016.

Holland, who can earn an additional $2 million in bonuses, has missed significant time the past three seasons because of injuries.

Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 1. AFP PHOTO

Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 1. AFP PHOTO

Holland opened the season in the starting rotation, going 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in April before being placed on the disabled list on June 22 with left shoulder inflammation.

He became a free agent when the Rangers declined their $11 million option on his contract and instead chose to pay him a $1.5 million buyout.

“Derek gives a veteran, left-handed presence for our starting rotation with a proven track record of pitching well in big games,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “This move provides us with additional depth and flexibility in the rotation.”

In eight major league seasons, all with the Rangers, Holland has gone 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA in 179 games (158 starts).

AFP

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