The Texas Rangers have officially announced a four-year extension with 25-year old reliever Jose Leclerc. The deal also includes two years worth of team options for the 2023 and 2024 season.
This is the definition of a team-friendly deal, as Leclerc is coming off of a breakout season in which he posted an ERA of 1.56 in 59 appearances.
Leclerc is a flame throwing reliever that is routinely around 95-96 MPH with his fastball and to go along with that electric fastball, he also has a really nice changeup that he used this past season to strike out 13.3 batters per nine innings.
He does need to work on dialing in command of his pitches and limiting walks, but overall with his electric fastball and good changeup to go with it, Leclerc is able to strike out a lot of batters and should be a valuable piece of the Rangers bullpen going forward.
The reason this is such a team-friendly deal is because it will take Leclerc all the way through his arbitration-eligible seasons, plus two extra seasons if the Rangers choose to pick up those options. That will also be at a fairly cheap price, given what Leclerc has shown so far in his career.