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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / KC
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According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM, free agent reliever Greg Holland is "getting close to deciding on his next team."
Bowden hears from a source close to the player that Holland could maybe make a decision in the next seven days. The Nationals are a logical landing spot and Bowden hears that they continue to have interest, but they might not have enough room in their budget. Teams like the Rockies, Brewers, Reds, and Dodgers have also been mentioned as possibilities. Holland is said to be looking for a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year. The 31-year-old missed the entire 2016 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he was one of the game's best relievers from 2011-2014. Jan 18 - 10:22 AM

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent reliever Greg Holland is seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year.

The structure would allow him to test free agency again if he has a big 2017 in his return from Tommy John surgery. It's unclear how many teams are open to such a deal, but Heyman writes that Holland is drawing interest from the Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Brewers, and Reds, among others. The Dodgers have a firmly established closer with Kenley Jansen, but Holland could see save chances in the other locations if he proves his health and effectiveness in the spring. He was reportedly clocked in the 88-91 mph range during a showcase in November, but the belief is that he'll be closer to normal as he rebuilds arm strength.
Jan 11 - 9:59 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged Wednesday that the club has checked in on free agent reliever Greg Holland.

BSN Denver reported on Tuesday that the Rockies approached Holland about a multi-year deal, but Bridich refused to go into any specifics on the matter. "Nothing to comment on there," said Bridich. "We have checked in, like most teams, I imagine." Holland missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and was clocked in the 88-91 mph range when he threw for teams during a showcase in November, but the thought is that he'll be closer to his old self as he regains arm strength. Previous reports indicated that he was looking for a two-year deal in the range of $22 million. The Nationals still look like a natural fit for Holland, but they could look in-house or on the trade market to fill the closer role. As for the Rockies, Adam Ottavino currently projects to serve as closer in 2017.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:59:00 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals had not had serious discussions with free agent reliever Greg Holland as of Sunday.

The thought is that the Nationals were waiting for a resolution on Kenley Jansen before moving on another closer, so odds are they'll be in touch with Holland's reps soon if they haven't already. The Dodgers have been connected to Holland in recent days, but after re-signing Jansen, they reportedly aren't going beyond a one-year deal to sign another free agent reliever. This probably removes them from consideration for Holland, who is reportedly seeking a two-year deal worth around $22 million. Holland could fit into the closer mix with Washington, though he'd carry some risk after missing the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 09:45:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that if the Dodgers sign another reliever, it will be a one-year contract.

Greg Holland is reportedly seeking a two-year deal worth around $22 million, so if he wind up getting that it apparently won't come from the Dodgers. They might have been out of the mix for him, anyway, after they re-signed Kenley Jansen. Holland, of course, missed 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Greg Holland met with representatives from the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings.

He also reportedly met with other contending clubs. With Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon off the market and only Kenley Jansen left to sign, there will be teams left out of the closer sweepstakes who could turn to Holland to fill their void. The 31-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but was among the truly elite closers in the game before the elbow troubles. He's seeking a two-year deal worth around $22 million.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Royals are likely "priced out" on Greg Holland.

Holland pitched his first six major league seasons in a Royals uniform. Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander put on an early November showcase as proof of his ongoing recovery and was said to hit 88-91 MPH during that workout. He was reportedly looking for a two-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $22 million, but that might be tough to dig out. Heyman hears that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing heavy interest in the veteran reliever.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:53:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are at the forefront of talks for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Heyman also notes that most or all of the teams involved for Chapman and Jansen are in, so there are still a bunch of ways this could potentially go. Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and wasn't hitting his normal velocity during a showcase last month, but he's still in the process of regaining arm strength. Teams obviously aren't scared off at this point in his rehab.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:50:00 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers are showing interest in Greg Holland.

Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and was sitting only at 88-91 mph during a tryout last month, but he should steadily regain arm strength. Any team that signs the former closer would surely want him on an incentive-laden contract. The Red Sox are one other club that's shown some interest.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:36:00 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "the salary being floated" for free agent reliever Greg Holland is two years and $20-22 million.

Cafardo was relaying what he heard from a senior advisor of an unnamed club who went on to say, "it would be a surprise if anyone bit on that." Holland's velocity was way down at his recent showcase, though that shouldn't be a major stumbling block as he looks for a new team this offseason. "There was nothing there to excite you but nothing there to discourage you either," said the team advisor. Holland has been throwing at about 75 percent while continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 04:55:00 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Red Sox are "among the most aggressive suitors" for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Bradford adds, however, that there are several teams showing a "similar level of interest" in the 29-year-old right-hander. Holland is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and hit just 88-91 mph with his fastball during a recent showcase for teams, but he was among the most dominant closers in baseball between 2011-2014 and he is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season. Holland seems likely to command a multi-year deal.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Greg Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said that his client would be willing to consider signing with a team outside of a ninth-inning role.

Boras called Holland a High-Level Premium Arm in the mold of Andrew Miller, capable of pitching in big swing spots during the mid-to-late innings. The 29-year-old right-hander held a showcase workout on Monday, as he is on the mend from Tommy John surgery and wanted to prove his health. Boras has indicated that he will not take part in another showcase this offseason. Holland did not pitch in 2016.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 10:45:00 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox continue to show strong interest in free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Holland reportedly sat in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball during a showcase on Monday in Arizona, which is sharply below his normal mid-90s range before Tommy John surgery. The good news is that he's healthy and still in the process of building arm strength. The expectation is that he'll take six weeks off before resuming throwing. It's understandable why the Red Sox would consider taking a chance on him, but they'll face plenty of competition. The Yankees, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Twins, and Royals were among some of the other teams in attendance during Monday's showcase.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 02:23:00 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres sent two scouts to Greg Holland's showcase Monday in Arizona.

There were also representatives there from the Yankees, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox, Twins, and Royals, along with about 10 other teams. Holland hit just 88-91 mph with his fastball during that open workout Monday, but diminished velocity is to be expected 13 months out from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's shaping up as an attractive bargain-bin relief option in a market with very few of those.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 07:51:00 PM

Greg Holland sat 88-91 mph with his fastball during his showcase for teams Monday in Arizona, according to Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs.

That is well below the 95-96 mph fastball velocity of his prime, which is to be expected 13 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. It's a bit confusing why Holland (or his agent) set up this showcase so early in the offseason. The former Kansas City closer should still do pretty well for himself as a free agent with very few reliable mid-tier relief options available. There's a big drop-off after Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Mark Melancon. Representatives from the Yankees, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox, Twins, and Royals were said to be at Holland's workout Monday.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:29:00 PM

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