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Derek Holland | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 25 (0) / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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White Sox signed LHP Derek Holland to a one-year, $6 million contract.
Scott Merkin of MLB.com reported that the two sides were close while Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passed along the contract details. Holland hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2013, but the suddenly-rebuilding White Sox could flip him at the trade deadline if he has a resurgence. He probably would have better odds at that in the National League. The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season. Wed, Dec 14, 2016 02:57:00 PM

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T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Derek Holland has agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox.

This confirms what was reported by Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that Holland will make a $6 million base salary, with $2 million in incentives. We know that the Pirates also expressed interest, but it's unclear whether they were willing to give a comparable offer. This isn't nearly as favorable of an environment for a bounceback as Pittsburgh would have been, but both sides will take their chances.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the White Sox are close to finalizing a deal with free agent left-hander Derek Holland.

No word yet on the specifics involved. It's an interesting gamble for the White Sox, who have shifted into rebuild mode after dealing ace Chris Sale. Holland is coming off a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season and could be a nice trade chip if he bounces back. The move enables the White Sox to give some of their newly-acquired young arms some extra time in the minors, if they so choose.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 12:23:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Derek Holland's current market appears to be the Pirates and White Sox.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Monday night that the Cubs and Dodgers were showing interest, so things could still evolve here. But the Pirates have looked like a logical fit all along as the southpaw tries to get his career back on track. The 30-year-old posted a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season. He hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2013.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:45:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates officials are planning to meet with the representatives for Derek Holland during the Winter Meetings.

Pittsburgh has been a reported suitor for Holland since mid-November, and it sounds like the two parties are ready to get serious about contract negotiations. There are few better places for a pitcher to try to revitalize his career, so the interest is likely mutual. Holland posted a rough 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 107 1/3 innings with the Rangers in 2016, prompting Texas to decline his $11 million option for 2017.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are among several teams who have talked with free agent left-hander Derek Holland.

It's no surprise, as Derek Holland's agent recently said that the Pirates were on the short list of teams the southpaw is considering. We've seen a number of pitchers get their careers back on track in Pittsburgh, so it's an enticing scenario. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears that the Yankees and Padres have also reached out. Holland became a free agent after the Rangers declined his $11 million club option for 2017, but he should attract plenty of interest in a weak market for starting pitching. He could try for a one-year deal in hopes of reestablishing his value.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Derek Holland said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he would give the Rangers the chance to match any offer he receives in free agency.

The Rangers declined Holland's $11 million option for 2017, but they've said they're not closing the door on bringing the lefty back at a lesser rate. Holland's preference is to re-sign with Texas, but he's obviously going to look around for the best offer. "I told (general manager Jon Daniels) when I get offered something, I want to throw that to them and see if they want to compete with it or whatnot," Holland said. "I want to give the Rangers a chance, no matter what. I'm always going to leave that door open."
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 10:43:00 AM

According to Derek Holland's agent, the Pirates are on the "short list" of teams he's considering.

Holland became a free agent last week when the Rangers bought out the final year of his contract. The Pirates haven't made a formal offer to Holland yet, but they've obviously piqued his interest. Coming off a tough year in Texas (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 appearances), Holland could look to sign a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Holland would prefer a guaranteed rotation spot but it's not a deal-breaker, according to his agent.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Rangers declined LHP Derek Holland's $11 million club option for 2017.

There was some talk of a trade in the last week, but nothing came together that made sense and Holland will now be a free agent this winter. He gets a $1.5 million buyout from Texas after posting a 4.95 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 67/35 K/BB ratio across 107 1/3 innings in 2016. He did not make the Rangers' roster for the ALDS and may have to settle for a one-year "prove it" type of deal leading into 2017.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 03:29:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "it appears as though Texas would be more than willing" to trade Derek Holland this offseason.

Heyman adds that "a few teams" are showing interest in Holland and that "if a trade happens, it'll be soon." The Rangers hold an $11 million option on Holland for 2017, which MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says the club does not plan to exercise. They also have an $11.5 million option on him for 2018. Holland has really had trouble staying healthy the last three seasons, making a total of just 35 starts. The 30-year-old could potentially bounce back in 2017 if he can remain on the field, but it sounds like it might be with a new team.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Derek Holland is not on the Rangers' roster for their ALDS matchup with the Blue Jays.

Holland has played a major role in some of the Rangers' recent playoff runs, but he posted a rough 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 20 starts and two relief appearances during the regular 2016 season. Tanner Scheppers is also off the roster for the best-of-five ALDS. Jeremy Jeffress is on.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Derek Holland has been moved to the bullpen.

He'll work out of the pen over the final week-plus of the season to see if he can be an option there for the club in the playoffs. The 29-year-old southpaw owns a 5.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings with the Rangers this season.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Derek Holland gave up five runs -- four earned -- in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

The Rangers announced eight days ago that they were shifting Holland to the pen, but he's made two starts since. He's probably not going to be in the postseason rotation, and he needs to show something in relief if he's going to be carried in the bullpen.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:26:00 AM

Derek Holland will start Wednesday against the Angels.

This lines up Cole Hamels to start Friday against the Athletics and Yu Darvish to follow on Saturday. Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Astros last Wednesday, but he'll remain in the rotation for now.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Derek Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

Holland turned in three straight quality starts after coming off the disabled list, including one against these Astros, but he's struggled in losses his last two times out. His rotation spot for the rest of the regular season is in doubt.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:01:00 AM