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Derek Holland to the Chicago White Sox

Former Texas Ranger pitcher Derek Holland is reportedly close to signing a one year deal with the ChiSox

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Derek Holland to the Chicago White Sox on a one year deal is reportedly close, according to Scott Merkin of

Holland, who has spent his entire career in the Rangers organization, became a free agent at the end of the season after the Rangers opted to decline his $11.5 million team option for 2017.

Holland was, at one point, a key part of the Rangers’ rotation, but injuries and ineffectiveness have dogged him over the past three seasons, and while Texas publicly expressed an interest in Holland returning, it appears that they were ready to move on.

Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper has a strong reputation, and Holland will apparently look to rebuild his value with the rebuilding White Sox, before hitting the market again next offseason.

According to Evan Grant, Holland will be able to earn, with incentives, up to $8 million in 2017.