Contract talks on hold for Rangers, Holland

Contract talks on hold for Rangers, Holland

ARLINGTON -- Just like Mike Napoli, pitcher Derek Holland will likely have to wait for a long-term contract extension.

The Rangers had been discussing a potential five-year deal with Holland, but sources said Monday night that the talks have been tabled for now. The two sides were not close enough in the terms of the contract to continue the discussions.

Holland is still under the Rangers' control for four more years. He has this winter and three years of arbitration before he can be a free agent, but the Rangers have explored long-term contracts with their pre-arbitration players before.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler avoided three years of arbitration by signing a five-year deal with the Rangers in 2008 after just two seasons in the Majors. He is entering the fifth year of the deal, and the Rangers have a club option for 2013 as well.

Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 starts and 198 innings for the Rangers in 2011. He followed that up by going 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances in the playoffs, including 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Rangers also had long-term contract discussions with Napoli this winter that failed to achieve an agreement. Napoli, eligible for free agency after the upcoming season, will likely play on a one-year deal.