Pitcher/impressionist Derek Holland inks five-year deal with Rangers

Pitcher/impressionist Derek Holland inks five-year deal with Rangers

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Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning during Game 4 of baseball's American League division series Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Posted on March 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 20 at 9:32 PM

Rangers pitching ace Derek Holland — who also enjoys impersonating celebrity voices whenever he's near a microphone — will be wearing a Texas uniform for the next five years.

The team announced Tuesday that the left-hander has agreed to a long-term contract extension with club options for an additional two seasons.

That means he'll be hurling for Texas at least through the 2016 season.

The deal, announced Tuesday, calls for salaries of $1 million this year, $3.2 million next year, $5.4 million in 2014, $7.4 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

Last year, Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA and a league-tying four shutouts.

He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

"I know I gave up that stuff, the three years, but to me it's all about being in Texas and wearing that Texas uniform and going back and getting some championships," the 25-year-old left-hander said. "I'm very excited to be a part of this. We've got an unbelievable team. We've got upcoming stars coming up through the organization, and I want to be part of that, as well. I want to show them what it takes to be up here. That's my main objective is to carry out what I've been doing, continue to work hard."

Holland, originally from Ohio, intends to purchase a home in Texas.

"The most important thing for me is getting a house in Dallas, being a resident in Texas," he said.

Holland has gained notoriety away from baseball for his impersonation of Arnold Schwartzenegger and for channeling comic Will Ferrell's take on the late Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray.

Last month, Holland stopped by the WFAA studios to try his hand at delivering a weather forecast and narrating sports highlights.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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