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Texas Rangers Avoid Arbitration, Sign Matt Harrison To One-Year Deal

The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with 26 year-old left handed pitcher Matt Harrison. The two sides avoided going before the arbitrator when Harrison agreed to a one-year $2.95 million deal.

Harrison started 30 games for the Rangers during the 2011 season and finished 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA and 126 strikeouts. Harrison made four post-season starts and went 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in those contests. He has started 62 games in his career and has a career record of 30-19 with a 4.49 ERA. His 14 wins in 2011 were a career-high.

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