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Derek Holland | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Texas Rangers
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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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. Nov 16 - 12:17 PM

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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."
Nov 13 - 10:43 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.
Nov 12 - 4:52 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.
Nov 7 - 3:29 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.
Oct 31 - 7:27 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.
Oct 6 - 12:08 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.
Sep 24 - 2:38 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.
Sep 22 - 12:26 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.
Sep 19 - 4:52 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.
Sep 15 - 12:01 AM

Derek Holland will start for the Rangers on Wednesday against the Astros.

Yu Darvish will be pushed to Saturday as the Rangers get their ace some extra rest and line up their rotation for the postseason. Holland was pushed to the Rangers' bullpen after yielding four runs on 10 hits over just 4 1/3 innings on his last turn September 8 versus the Mariners. He has a 4.74 ERA for the year.
Sep 13 - 11:02 PM

Derek Holland has been moved to the Rangers' bullpen.

Holland was rocked for 10 hits and four runs over 4 1/3 innings last Thursday versus the Mariners, giving him a 4.74 ERA for the year. Rangers manager Jeff Banister told reporters Holland will probably start again before the regular season is through, but it might not be something to count on.
Sep 13 - 9:47 PM

Derek Holland struggled to navigate through trouble in Thursday's loss to the Mariners, yielding four runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Holland struck out five and walked three in the uninspiring outing. He exited stage left with one out in the fifth inning having thrown 100 pitches (65 strikes). Three of the four runs on his line scored in the fourth inning, with a two-run double by Chris Iannetta severing as the key blow. The 29-year-old southpaw will try to rebound from this disappointing showing in a road start against the Astros next time out. He will carry a 4.71 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into that one.
Sep 9 - 1:33 AM

Derek Holland let up just six hits and two runs over six innings Saturday in a win over the Astros.

He recorded two strikeouts and issued three walks. Holland labored through a tough second inning, allowing three singles and a run, but settled down after that by keeping Houston off the scoreboard until the sixth when Evan Gattis broke through for a solo home run. The left-hander has looked sharp lately with a 2.00 ERA over his last three starts. He'll toe the rubber again Thursday against Seattle.
Sep 3 - 8:48 PM

Derek Holland hurled six innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rangers' 2-1 defeat of the Indians.

The one run he gave up came on a Jason Kipnis RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. Holland was otherwise excellent, yielding only four total hits -- all singles -- while walking none and whiffing five. The left-hander has put together two very good pitching lines since returning August 23 from a two-month shoulder injury. A start at home against the Astros is next.
Aug 28 - 6:00 PM