Texas Rangers are sticking with closer Jose Leclerc for years to come. The team announced on Wednesday that they have signed Leclerc to a four-year extension worth $14.75 million. The deal, which runs through 2022, also contains team options for 2023 and 2024.
“It’s a big deal for a lot of folks, first of all Jose and his family,” – Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. “A lot of us have seen him grow up since he signed here in 2010 and from where he came to where he is now, one of the elite relievers in the game … an unbelievable amount of work has gone into that. To see his growth, pushing himself, he is truly self-made and earned every bit of this. It’s exciting for us as an organization to commit to him.”
Jose Leclerc earned his new deal with strong performances in 2018 when he was the team’s most effective reliever. In 59 games he played last season, Leclerc had 1.56 ERA, and 12 saves to go with a 2-3 record. He assumed the team’s closer role in August, filling in for Keone Kela, and ending the year with 32 strikeouts.
“This means a lot,” – said Leclerc after inking the deal. “I feel happy. I don’t know if I can say how excited I am. I started off with the Rangers. This is my family. I feel really good with the group of guys I am around almost every day. I just want to finish here and do the best I can for the Rangers.”
Jose Leclerc signed with the Rangers in 2010 as an international free agent and was promoted to the majors in 2016. His career stats include 4–6 record with 2.51 ERA, 160 strikeouts, and 14 saves.