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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / KC
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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in Greg Holland "is, at most, tempered."
Holland has often been connected to St. Louis since they have an apparent need at closer and the former Rockie is one of the premiere options on the market. However, it doesn't appear Holland is a priority for the Cardinals, at least not at his current asking price. It's also been reported that the Nationals aren't really as interested in Holland as had been previously reported. Jan 14 - 1:26 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals consider Greg Holland "too risky" to invest in on a multi-year contract.

Holland has often been connected to the Nats since they pursued him last winter, they're in the market for a reliever and he's a Scott Boras client. However, Rosenthal is hearing that Washington is more likely to sign a cheaper bullpen arm. Holland will surely try to get close to Wade Davis' three-year, $52 million contract but might wind up having to settle for something quite a bit less than that.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cubs are "now in the picture" for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

The Rockies' signing of former Cubs closer Wade Davis leaves the club with a need. The Cubs have already inked late-inning reliever Brandon Morrow this winter, but with Davis and Hector Rondon leaving, they surely could use more high-leverage arms. The Nationals, among others, are also believed to be in on the 32-year-old.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:20 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros "could emerge as a landing spot" for Greg Holland.

Heyman also says the Astros could consider Addison Reed, as "some people within the Astros hierarchy view the closing spot as a potential issue for the team." Ken Giles struggled in last year's postseason, but he's coming off a regular season that saw him post a 2.30 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings to go along with 34 saves. It's hard to see Houston paying a premium for a guy like Holland.
Jan 5 - 1:41 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have inquired on both Greg Holland and Wade Davis.

The Nationals had already been connected to Davis and now they've been mentioned as a potential landing spot for both of the top free agent closers. Heyman notes that Washington "tried to get Holland last year," with one source saying general manager Mike Rizzo "badly wanted to sign him to solve their closing issue." It's pretty clear that, as well as Sean Doolittle pitched for the Nats last season, the club is looking to enhance their ninth inning situation.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 09:41:00 AM

MLB.com's Thomas Harding believes Greg Holland is still the favorite to return as closer for the Rockies.

Harding reports that various people close to the situation say Holland wants to return to Colorado, and that the Rockies have made an offer and are willing to continue discussions. Holland is represented by super agent Scott Boras, who has several high-profile players still on the market. Harding also notes that there are other free agent options like Wade Davis and Addison Reed on the Rockies' radar, so it's not a foregone conclusion Holland is brought back. The 32-year-old reliever slowed as the 2017 season ended, but he did finish tied for the National League lead in saves with 41 and a 3.61 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 04:00:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears there is nothing imminent between the Rockies and Greg Holland.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier that Colorado was closing in on an agreement to bring Holland back for the 2018 season and beyond, but a source tells Feinsand that the two sides are "just talking" at the moment. Thomas Harding, the Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, is hearing the same thing as Feinsand. A new deal could happen at some point between Holland and the Rockies, but it sounds like the 32-year-old free agent right-hander is still shopping around for the time being.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies are closing in on a deal to bring back Greg Holland.

Colorado has already been very active on the relief market this week at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, securing Bryan Shaw on Tuesday and Jake McGee on Wednesday. Now it appears the Rockies' closer from 2017 could return to the fold for 2018 and beyond. Holland, 32, posted a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings this past season -- his first season back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The right-hander finished tied for the National League lead in saves with 41.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:30:00 PM

RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that none of the nine players extended one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offers will accept it.

Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accepted the qualifying offer last offseason, but it's not a surprise this time around that they've all opted to turn it down. All nine players -- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Carlos Santana -- should be able to easily find multi-year contracts on the open market this winter.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 08:55:00 AM

FanRag Sports reporter Jon Heyman believes that the Rockies would like to bring Greg Holland back on a long-term deal.

Long-term deal is obviously subjective, and as a a 31-year-old pitcher who has a history with injuries, anything over a year offers risk. Heyman reports that the Rockies feel that keeping Holland keeps the Colorado bullpen deep, and for most of the year, the reliever was highly effective in that closer's spot. Heyman also reports that the Cardinals and Cubs have shown interest in Holland, so Colorado will have competition in signing the closer. Because he received the qualifying offer, any team that signs Holland will be subject to giving up a draft pick this summer.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Rockies extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Greg Holland.

He's expected to decline the offer, as the closer is slated to get a multi-year contract from some team this winter. Holland struggled in the second half but overall had a nice first post-Tommy John season, holding a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while recording a National League-leading 41 saves.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 06:20:00 PM

Greg Holland declined his $15 million player option for 2018.

That means that the 31-year-old hurler will once again hit the open market. He resurrected his career in 2017, compiling a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while recording a National League-leading 41 saves. The Cardinals are already known to have interest in pursuing Holland this winter.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 11:23:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals "plan to pounce" on Greg Holland once he formally declines his player option for 2018.

Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said Friday that his client "hasn't made any decisions" as to whether he'll exercise his $15 million player option for 2018. However, it seems to be a formality that he'll indeed exercise it and hit the open market. The Cardinals are expected to be on the lookout for bullpen help this winter, so it's no surprise they're getting connected to the Rockies' closer. Holland tied for the National League lead with 41 saves this season while posting a 3.61 ERA and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Greg Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said Friday that his client "hasn't made any decisions" as to whether he'll exercise his $15 million player option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Thursday that Holland would decline the option and hit the open market. While it may be true that the closer hasn't technically made a formal decision yet, him declining the option is a formality. Holland tied for the National League lead in saves (41) this season and is set to receive a multi-year contract this winter.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:15:00 AM