Rangers Move On From Pitcher Derek Holland

The Rangers have declined a 2017 club option on left-handed starting pitcher

The Texas Rangers have declined a 2017 club option on left-handed pitcher Derek Holland, making him a free agent. Holland will receive a $1.5 million buyout.

Holland was a part of the Rangers' 2010 and 2011 AL championship rotation.

Holland, 30, posted a 7-9 record with a 4.95 ERA over 22 games and 20 starts last season for the Rangers. He spent time on the 60-day disabled list for a third consecutive season, missing two months with left shoulder inflammation, and was not on the club's roster for the American League Division Series against Toronto.

Originally selected by Texas in the 25th round of the 2006 June draft and signed in May 2007, he has spent his entire 10-year professional career in the Rangers organization.

"The Rangers appreciate the many contributions that Derek Holland has made to this franchise, both on the field and in the community," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "While today's action doesn't necessarily close the door on our future interest in Derek, we want to thank him for the impact he has made here in Texas."

While popular with the media, it was time for Holland to move on. He was due to make $11 million in 2017.

Holland posted a thank-you note to Rangers fans on his Instagram account Monday:

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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. You the fans have been a class act and some of the greatest people. You supported me through the great times and the bad times. I will never get to show how grateful I am but I will do my best to shake everyone's hands that I mean and say thank you to those who do stop me. I wish I could of done a lot more great things and am truly sorry for the way it finished for me here as a ranger. It was Deff 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. Lots of great memories from the shutouts to pitching in the World Series and throwing one of the greatest games of my career right in the ball park of Arlington. Thanks for always having my back and being great to me outside the field and being support of me. Texas is home to me and my family and no matter where god takes me for next season. I will always be a Texan this is home. Hope to see you guys at some dallas mavericks, stars or cowboys games so don't be afraid to say hello god bless and thank you fans for being the best damn fans. #thankyou #dallasishome #gomavs #gostars #gocowboys #imsureimissspelledsomething #bestfans

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