The Rangers decided not to waste anytime of rookie pitcher Martin Perez when it comes to offering him a contract. Today, in a move that I consider great, the Rangers locked up Perez for the next four years. It is a team friendly contract if you think about what this kid could turn out to be. His rookie year went very well, especially August where he was the Rangers most dominant pitcher for a stretch. The deal is worth $12.5 million and also includes three options years for 2018-2020, from which Perez
can earn a maximum of $32.55 million over a seven-year period.
“I don’t ever want to forget this day,” Perez said Thursday. “This is the most important day of my life. I want to thank the Rangers organization for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to stay here for at least four more years. I want to stay here my entire career. I’m still going to be the same person. I want to do my best and help this team compete for the World Series.” (texasrangers.com)
The Rangers now have Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Perez locked up for several years, and it makes me very happy to see that they are focusing on good young pitching in Arlington these days. I believe that Perez will be a future star, and I am glad to see that it will be with the Rangers for the next four years at the least.