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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 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. Nov 19 - 4:55 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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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
Nov 14 - 2:28 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.
Nov 9 - 10:45 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.
Nov 9 - 2:23 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.
Nov 8 - 7:51 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.
Nov 7 - 2:29 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins will be in attendance at Greg Holland's showcase on Monday.

There have been a handful of teams confirmed to be at the showcase, but ultimately most clubs will probably show up. Holland missed this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but could wind up being a nice relatively low-cost gamble this winter.
Nov 6 - 10:20 AM

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees will also attend Greg Holland's showcase Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Yankees' bullpen lost some big names this summer, so it's no surprise they're willing to take a look at Holland. They'll be joined by several other teams including the Giants, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals. Holland sat out last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a 2.42 ERA with 145 saves across six major league seasons.
Nov 5 - 6:48 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will be in attendance at Greg Holland's (elbow) showcase on Monday.

The Royals and Giants are also known to have interest in Holland, but most, if not all, teams figure to attend Holland's showcase. The former Kansas City closer missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery but has thrown a handful of bullpen sessions lately and is reportedly hitting the low-90s on the radar gun.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 4 - 9:59 AM

Greg Holland is planning a showcase in the next week for interested teams.

Holland's agent Scott Boras said the rehabbing right-hander has already thrown off a mound three or four times, hitting the low-90s with his fastball. Holland sat out the entire 2016 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery last September, but he should be somewhere close to 100 percent leading into 2017. Holland was among the most dominant relievers in baseball from 2011-2014 and he's only 30 years old. There will be a decent market for him.
Nov 1 - 6:15 PM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star suggests there could be interest in a reunion between the Royals and Greg Holland.

Holland decided to rehab on his own rather than latch on with a team after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. Now that he's nearing full strength, the 30-year-old right-hander and his agent Scott Boras are beginning to shop around. And a return to Kansas City sounds like a real possibility. Holland was among the most dominant relievers in baseball from 2011-2014, posting a 1.86 ERA with 358 strikeouts in 256 1/3 innings while picking up 113 saves.
Oct 24 - 10:00 AM

Greg Holland (elbow) is currently throwing from a distance of 60 feet.

Holland underwent Tommy John surgery last September and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season. Still, the former Royals' closer is hoping to sign with a team soon.
Apr 5 - 2:20 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday that the club remains interested in re-signing Greg Holland (elbow).

The Royals non-tendered Holland in December, as they understandably didn't want to pay him a raise via arbitration while he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. However, they would still like to bring the reliever back on a multi-year deal in hopes that he could help out after this season. "He’s a home-grown player," Moore said. "We’ve always believed in him. He’s been a very successful part of our team. We would love to be able to have him here as part of our future."
Feb 23 - 6:32 PM

Royals non-tendered RHP Greg Holland.

This was a somewhat expected move, as Holland underwent Tommy John surgery in September and was eligible for arbitration. He's not expected to pitch during the 2016 campaign. While the Royals will be letting him hit the free agent market, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that it's still possible that the club will bring him back on a possible two-year, incentives-based contract. Wade Davis will be the Kansas City closer next year.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 08:19:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won't offer Greg Holland (elbow) arbitration this winter but "could try to work out another arrangement or even a two-year deal."

Holland likely won't pitch next season following Tommy John surgery earlier this month, so declining to offer him arbitration is a no-brainer. However, retaining him on a relatively cheap two-year contract might prove to be a shrewd move by the Royals.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:34:00 PM

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