There might not have been a more surprising, satisfying performance in 2011 for the Texas Rangers than that of Derek Holland.
The 25-year-old lefty, who always had a ton of potential but had never seen it pay off early in his career finally had the type of season that Rangers fans and execs, alike, were hoping for.
After the all-star break, Holland was arguably the Rangers best starting pitcher.
In Game 4 of the World Series, Holland turned in a wonderboy performance, going 8 1/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals while allowing just two hits in a 4-0 Rangers win to even the series at two games apiece.
Earlier in the off-season, Holland the Rangers were tossing around the idea of inking a bigger deal that would replace his current contract that expires in 2016.
Now, those talks have broken off because the sides couldn't come to an agreement.
Don't sweat though, Holland obviously isn't going anywhere as he's locked up for another five seasons, and it's apparent the Rangers are focused solely on signing Japanese import Yu Darvish.
The deadline to sign Darvish is Jan. 18, or a week from today, and it's climbed to the top of the Rangers' priority list as they also broke off long-term contract talks with Mike Napoli and instead moved to focus on a one-year deal with the Italian Stallion.