The Rangers have begun discussions on a long-term contract with left-hander Derek Holland, who won 16 games in 2011 and shut out the Cardinals for 8 1/3 innings in Game 4 of the World Series.
The talks appear to be in the preliminary stages. Holland has a little more than two years' big-league service time, so he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season. He will be eligible for arbitration beginning after next season. A new deal would most likely be for five years, which would buy out one year of free agency.
The Holland talks were first reported by the Dallas Morning News, and were confirmed to CBSSports.com by a source.