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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Greg Holland (elbow) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Monday against the Cubs.
Holland was very shaky in his last outing, so this was nice to see. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, his fastball sat in the 92-94.5 mph range in this one. It wasn’t too long ago that the assumption was that Adam Ottavino would open the season as the closer by default, but that’s no longer a sure thing. In fact, Holland could have the job in short order. Mar 20 - 8:07 PM

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Greg Holland (elbow) needed just 10 pitches to get through a 1-2-3 ninth inning Wednesday in his Cactus League debut.

Holland hit 95 mph with his fastball against the first batter he faced and also broke off a couple nice off-speed pitches. He is expected to make another six to eight appearances in the Cactus League before the start of the 2017 regular season. If everything goes smoothly, the right-hander will likely open as the Rockies' new closer. That would mean a setup role for Adam Ottavino.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 16 - 10:57 AM

Greg Holland (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

The Rockies have been easing Holland into things this spring after he missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. Colorado hasn't ruled out using the veteran reliever in their closer role from the outset even though his velocity is sitting in the low-90s and he'll have less than three weeks of game action to tune up before Opening Day. We're betting on Adam Ottavino opening the year as the Rockies' closer, with Holland pushing for the job eventually if he regains his pre-surgery form.
Mar 14 - 5:50 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) made a successful simulated appearance Monday in Rockies camp.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says Holland was sitting 91-92 mph with his fastball and broke off a few nice-looking breaking balls. That's better velocity than what was reported at some of his showcases this winter. Holland signed a one-year, $7 million free agent contract with the Rockies in late January after missing the entire 2016 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He'll likely open the 2017 campaign as a setup man to Adam Ottavino.
Mar 6 - 1:02 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) will appear in a simulated game Sunday and could make his Cactus League debut later this week.

Holland is being eased into things this spring as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The veteran reliever is 18 months removed from the operation at this point and is expected to be ready to roll for Opening Day, but he might be rusty early on. Holland is competing with Adam Ottavino to be the club's closer.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 5 - 12:04 PM

Adding details to the Greg Holland contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal includes a $15 million vesting option for 2018 that triggers if Holland appears in 50 games or finishes 30 games.

At that point, Holland would have the opportunity to exercise the option or decline and hit free agency. If he does not appear in 50 games or finish 30, there is a $10 million mutual option for 2018 which would include an additional $8 million in possible incentives and a $1 million buyout.
Jan 28 - 2:54 PM

Rockies signed RHP Greg Holland to a one-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes incentives which could push the total as high as $14 million and also includes a conditional option for 2018. It's unclear if he'll begin the season in the closer's role or if he'll have to battle it out with Adam Ottavino in the spring, but either way he strengthens the back end of the Rockies' bullpen considerably.
Jan 28 - 10:37 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Greg Holland will be guaranteed $7 million in his one-year deal with the Rockies.

The deal includes non-closing incentives which could push the total to $10 million. It also has incentives for closing which could max out at $14 million. This reflects the uncertainty involved as Holland makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. Adam Ottavino still might be the favorite for saves to begin the year.
Jan 25 - 3:24 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockies have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Greg Holland, pending a physical.

No word yet on the terms involved, but the deal includes a vesting option for a second year. Holland was one of the game's top relievers from 2011-2014, but he missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Rockies are banking on a return to form as they attempt to strengthen the back-end of their bullpen. This could be a very interesting team if things break right.
Jan 25 - 1:37 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rockies are making a "big push" for free agent reliever Greg Holland and the two sides are said to be "close" to a deal.

It was reported back in December that the Rockies had offered Holland a multi-year deal, so their interest hasn't exactly been a secret. The former Royals closer has reportedly been looking for a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year. He's making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he could quickly find himself saving games again if he shows his old form. Adam Ottavino, who returned from Tommy John surgery last year, currently projects to serve as closer for Colorado.
Jan 25 - 12:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "things appear to be heating up" with the market for Greg Holland.

Heyman says that the final three clubs involved in the bidding for Holland may be the Rockies, Nationals and a "mystery team." The former closer is reportedly seeking a two-year contract with an opt-out clause after the first year of the deal. Holland is coming back from Tommy John surgery and was throwing just 88-91 mph during a showcase in November, but he'll probably wind up being a bargain if he regains his arm strength.
Jan 23 - 7:31 PM

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

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

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PosRoleName
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2Tom Murphy
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Ian Desmond
2Mark Reynolds
2B1DJ LeMahieu
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Trevor Story
2Cristhian Adames
3Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1David Dahl
2Gerardo Parra
3Chris Denorfia
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Raimel Tapia
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Jordan Patterson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Gray
2Chad Bettis
3Tyler Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jeff Hoffman
6German Marquez
7Shane Carle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Adam Ottavino
3Jake McGee
4Mike Dunn
5Chad Qualls
6Chris Rusin
7Jason Motte
8Jordan Lyles
9Carlos Estevez
10Scott Oberg
11Jairo Diaz
12Matt Carasiti