This Oct. 6, 2016 photo shows Texas Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond looking to the outfield in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series baseball game against Toronto Blue Jays in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers said they will make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to free agent outfielder Ian Desmond, who has until next Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 to accept. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Derek Holland has become a free agent after the Texas Rangers declined their $11 million option on his contract and instead chose to pay the left-hander a $1.5 million buyout.
The AL West champions announced the move Monday, but left open the possibility of re-signing Holland.
Holland was part of Texas' only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011. But he has missed significant time because of injuries the past three seasons.
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In 179 career games for the Rangers, he is 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA. This season, he was 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 22 games while also spending time on the 60-day disabled list for a third consecutive season. He missed two months with left shoulder inflammation.
In other news, the Rangers said they will make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to free agent outfielder Ian Desmond, who has until next Monday to accept. If he declines and signs with a different team, the Rangers would receive an extra draft pick following the first round next year.