Rangers ink LHP Perez to four-year deal
NOV 07, 2013 4:37p ET
Perez, 22, won 10 games as a rookie for the Rangers and is now under contract through 2017, with the team holding options on the 2018, 2019 and 2020 season.
The $12 million in guaranteed money for Perez includes a $1 million signing bonus.
"I want to stay here all my career," said Perez, who tied for second on the club with his 10 wins. "I want to be the same person. I want to do my best, and I want to compete and go to the World Series. That's what I want."
Perez, who has been one of the top prospects in the organization for the past few years, won six consecutive starts at one point in the season and was one of the most reliable starters Texas had down the stretch. Now that he has the security of a new deal that also includes three option years that can earn him an additional $22.5 million, Perez has extra motivation to continue to improve.
"I think it's how you mature at this level," said Perez of his success this year. "I've got more experience, and I've got a lot of people around me. They told me what I have to do, and when the year passed, you mature. That's what you learn from playing at this level.
"I'm good in my mound. When I was on the mound, I just think that I'm the best. That's when I feel comfortable and I feel I can do whatever I want to do with the ball and I trust what I have. When you have conviction, you can do whatever you want."
Perez looked to have a rotation spot sewn up in spring training but broke a bone in his left forearm on a line drive. He started the season in the minors and dominated at Triple-A Round Rock, going 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA.
He had two stints with the Rangers, sticking for good after a June 22 call-up. He ended up finishing in the top five among American League rookies in wins, ERA, starts, innings pitched, quality starts, strikeout and opponents' batting average.
Perez gives the Rangers four starters who are under contract through the 2016 season in Perez, right-hander Yu Darvish and left-handers Matt Harrison and Derek Holland.
That's a pattern that has worked for the Rangers in the past, and general manager Jon Daniels thinks it's a key to the team's success over recent seasons.
"To have four guys of that caliber plus Alexi (Ogando), who is under control for the three more years, to have that talent in that rotation it's an unusual position to be in for any franchise but especially for ours where the history's been more of an offensive-dominated club," Daniels said. "It's a good feeling, obviously. I'll take my chances when you've got that kind of ability and makeup and youth that have already had success at the big league level."
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