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Holland Becomes Free Agent After Club Declines Option

By: Josh Clark

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ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - Once touted as a key cog to the Rangers rotation, Derek Holland may suddenly be on his way out of Texas.

Holland confirmed the club won't be picking up his $11 million option after posting a thank you letter to Rangers fans on Instagram Monday afternoon.

"Dear rangers fans, it comes to me that I will or may not be a ranger next year but as the news has come i will be testing out free agency. With that being said I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the greatest fans to me and welcoming not only me but my family to the great state of Texas and making some of the greatest memories ever." (sic)

The Rangers had to make a decision on the final year of Holland's contract by today.

In the post, Holland didn't rule out returning to the team next season, but if it is the last time he's appeared in a Rangers uniform, he's truly grateful for the time he's spent here.

It was Deff (definitely) disappointing in my eyes for the way I ended as a texas ranger and hopefully it may not be the last time I wear a ranger uniform but if it is. I am truly thankful for the memories that I got to share with you the fans and my teammates,"(sic) Holland said.

The Dutch Oven had a 4.95 ERA, a 1.407 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts in 107.1 innings pitched in 2016.

The left-hander compiled a 62-50 record with a 4.35 ERA in his eight years with Texas.

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