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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays are interested in a trade for Royals closer Greg Holland.
Elliott hears from a source that Holland is available, but the Royals are understandably "asking for a lot in return." With the Royals' bullpen depth and the rising cost of those pitchers through arbitration, it could make sense to leverage their surplus in order to upgrade in other areas. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star hears that the Royals will continue to listen to offers for Holland and Wade Davis during this week's Winter Meetings. Dec 8 - 8:52 AM

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Greg Holland sent down the heart of the Giants order in succession on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage in Game 3 of the World Series.

Holland got Buster Posey to fly out to left field, then induced weak ground balls off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence to end the proceedings. The Royals bullpen has been a driving factor behind their run through the postseason, and they certainly delivered again on Friday hurling four scoreless innings without allowing a base hit. For his efforts, Holland netted his seventh save of the postseason.
Oct 24 - 11:35 PM

Greg Holland recorded the final out Wednesday to complete the Royals' ALCS sweep of the Orioles and send Kansas City to its first World Series in 29 years.

Holland gave up a leadoff walk to Adam Jones in the top of the ninth inning after starting the at-bat 0-2, but he got Nelson Cruz to hit into a fielder's choice, struck out Delmon Young swinging, and then J.J. Hardy grounded out to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas to end it. The Royals, who've gone 8-0 this postseason, will face either the Giants or Cardinals in the 2014 Fall Classic. What a ride. Game 1 will be played at Kauffman Stadium on October 21.
Oct 15 - 7:11 PM

Greg Holland spun a perfect ninth inning to close out the Orioles in Tuesday's ALCS Game 3 victory.

He got Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz to pop out before inducing a game-ending groundout from Steve Pearce. Holland finished off what was a stellar effort from the Royals' bullpen, as he teamed with Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis to retire the final 12 batters of the night without permitting a baserunner.
Oct 14 - 11:22 PM

Greg Holland closed out the Orioles to preserve the win in Saturday's Game 2 of the ALCS.

Charged with preserving a two-run lead in the ninth, Holland got two quick outs before a Nelson Cruz single brought the tying run to the plate. Unfazed, Holland struck out Steve Pearce swinging to end the game. Holland has allowed one run in six innings this postseason, and the Royals now own a 2-0 series lead.
Oct 11 - 8:33 PM

Greg Holland made things interesting in the 10th inning on Friday, but was able to close out Orioles and preserve a Royals victory in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Holland surrendered a two-out run-scoring single to Delmon Young and had the tying runs on base, but was able to retire Nick Markakis on a ground out to end the ballgame. Before things even got to Holland, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis each hurled a pair of scoreless innings to keep things knotted up.
Oct 11 - 1:08 AM

Greg Holland set down the Angels in the 11th inning on Friday, preserving a three-run lead and pitching the Royals to a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.

He allowed Kole Calhoun to reach on a two-out error but didn’t allow anything to come of it. Even without Kelvin Herrera who is dealing with a flexor strain, the Royals continue to perform as one of the top all-around bullpens in all of baseball, with Wade Davis, Jason Frasor, and Brandon Finnegan combining with Holland on four scoreless innings of relief on Friday.
Oct 4 - 1:34 AM

Greg Holland struck out two over a perfect 11th inning in Thursday's victory over the Angels.

Royals manager Ned Yost should have used Holland earlier in the game, but he was able to get away with it and had his All-Star reliever ready to close it out once the club took the lead in the top of the 11th. Holland faced little resistance, getting Gordon Beckham and Erick Aybar (on a dubious check-swing call) on strikes before Josh Hamilton popped up to end it.
Oct 3 - 1:25 AM

Greg Holland converted his 46th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning as the Royals clinched a playoff spot with their win against the White Sox on Friday.

Holland keeps racking up the saves, now 46-for-48 in save chances with a 1.44 ERA and a 90/20 K/BB ratio. The Royals' playoff opponent(s) will want to get their offensive duties done early in the game before giving the Royals a reason to bring in Holland.
Sep 26 - 11:11 PM

Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his 45th save as the Royals wrapped up a 6-3 win against the White Sox on Thursday.

The Royals can clinch the second Wild Card on Friday with either a win of their own or a Mariners loss. Holland aided in Thursday's win, working around a lead-off walk with consecutive strikeouts of Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu to end the contest. The right-hander has, as usual, been sterling in the ninth inning as he's now 45-for-47 in save opportunities with a 1.47 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and an 89/20 K/BB ratio.
Sep 25 - 11:58 PM

Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Royals' 5-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Holland has appeared in three games since dealing with some biceps tightness, but Sunday was his first save chance since his return. He passed that test with flying colors, striking out two in the 1-2-3 inning. Holland now has 43 saves to go with a 1.52 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 86/19 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. Now healthy, Holland is once again one of the elite closers in the game.
Sep 21 - 6:52 PM

Greg Holland returned to action in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, striking out three in a scoreless inning of work.

Holland did walk one in the outing, but his velocity was normal and his offspeed pitches looked sharp. He appears to be over his bout of triceps tightness, which is a good sign for the Royals who need their closer to be available down the stretch as they continue to make a push for a long-awaited postseason berth.
Sep 13 - 5:00 AM

Greg Holland (triceps) said Thursday that he's available to pitch.

It's not clear whether the Royals have officially cleared him, though, so his status remains somewhat up in the air. Holland hasn't pitched in over a week due to a bout of triceps tightness. If Kansas City chooses to avoid Holland again Thursday, Wade Davis will handle a potential save chance.
Sep 11 - 6:55 PM

Greg Holland (triceps) remained unavailable to pitch Tuesday after feeling a "slight twinge" while throwing his slider during a bullpen session before the game.

Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that Holland is "real close" to being ready to pitch, but he's now missed a week of action. Kansas City will continue to use Wade Davis in save situations until Holland is cleared to pitch.
Sep 9 - 11:52 PM

Greg Holland (triceps) could remain unavailable Tuesday.

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday that Holland should be available Tuesday, but he reversed course Tuesday, saying the closer felt "a little bit of tightness" in his triceps during his bullpen session Monday. Wade Davis will continue to handle the save chances for Kansas City until Holland is ready.
Sep 9 - 6:33 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Yohan Pino
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson