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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: St Louis Cardinals
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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Greg Holland pitched a hitless inning against the Cubs on Thursday.
Holland needs to put a few of these together before he should be much of a threat for saves, but it seemed like improvement. He struck out one and walked one today. Over his first four outings, he had one strikeouts and seven walks in 2 1/3 innings. Apr 19 - 5:44 PM

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Greg Holland was charged with two runs without recording an out in an appearance Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Holland came into the eighth inning with the Cardinals leading 5-1. He walked Kyle Schwarber, served up a long home run to Javy Baez and then walked Addison Russell before being lifted. Holland's stuff Tuesday actually looked decent, but he's still having lots of trouble spotting his pitches after skipping spring training. With Bud Norris looking sharp, it's hard to see Holland getting save chances anytime soon.
Apr 17 - 11:54 PM

Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth inning in the Cardinals' loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Holland was dreadful in his St. Louis debut Monday night against the Brewers, walking four of the five batters he faced, but he looked much sharper in his second appearance in a Cardinals uniform, needing just 13 pitches to get through the frame. The 31-year-old right-hander should be good to handle the team's next save opportunity.
Apr 11 - 4:27 PM

Greg Holland walked four of the five batters he faced in his Cardinals debut Monday night against the Brewers.

One of those was an ill-advised intentional walk called by manager Mike Matheny, who probably should have noticed that Holland wasn't ready after his first couple of pitches. Matheny instead allowed Holland to throw 19 pitches, only six of which were strikes. Holland loaded the bases, then walked Orlando Arcia to give the Brewers the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. Dominic Leone, Bud Norris, or Jordan Hicks should probably handle the Cardinals' save opportunities until Holland proves more fit for MLB action, but who knows with Matheny at the helm?
Apr 9 - 10:53 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Greg Holland from High-A Palm Beach.

Holland, the Cardinals' new closer, joins the major league roster after making two appearances in High-A. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals push him to pitch on consecutive days right away, but he should be caught up before long. The 31-year-old settled for a one-year, $14 million deal late last month after tying Kenley Jansen for the NL lead with 41 saves in 2017.
Apr 9 - 3:26 PM

Greg Holland is expected to be added to the Cardinals' active roster on Monday.

Holland, who signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals after spring training, made two appearances during his time with High-A Palm Beach. The Cardinals have yet to make it official, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates that Mike Mayers will be sent down in a corresponding roster move. Holland will take over as the Cardinals' closer, though the club could be careful with him in the early going.
Apr 9 - 10:52 AM

Greg Holland hurled a scoreless inning for High-A Palm Beach on Thursday.

The Cardinals wanted to give Holland, who signed with the team last week, some reps in the minors before installing him as their full-time closer. He looked sharp in Thursday's tuneup against Jupiter, retiring all three batters he faced while throwing five of his seven pitches for strikes. That included two groundouts and a strikeout. Holland was an All-Star for the Rockies last year and tied Kenley Jansen for the NL lead with 41 saves.
Apr 5 - 9:37 PM

Greg Holland is on track to join the Cardinals' bullpen next Monday.

Holland threw to hitters on Tuesday and will make minor league rehab appearances with Low-A Palm Beach on Thursday and Saturday. If both of those outings go well, he should get clearance to join up with the Cardinals and presumably take over as their primary closer. The 31-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $14 million free agent contract with St. Louis on Opening Day.
Apr 2 - 6:13 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Greg Holland to a one-year, $14 million contract.

The right-hander passed his physical, making the deal official. He'll report to High-A Palm Beach to ramp up before he joins the 25-man roster. Once he joins the Cardinals, it will sap any fantasy value that Dominic Leone, Luke Gregerson or Tyler Lyons had.
Mar 31 - 9:39 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Greg Holland's deal with the Cardinals will be a one-year, $14 million pact.

That's a big number for it being Opening Day, but one-year deals are never really all that risky for MLB teams with deep pockets like the Cardinals. Holland gives St. Louis an answer in the ninth inning, pushing Dominic Leone, Luke Gregerson (oblique), and Tyler Lyons back into setup roles. The 31-year-old right-hander obviously won't be available for Thursday's season-opener at Citi Field in New York, but he's been working out at agent Scott Boras' facility and could be ready to jump in rather quickly.
Mar 29 - 11:42 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals are close to an agreement with free agent closer Greg Holland.

Marx Saxon of The Athletic says a deal is in place, pending a physical. It seemed like an obvious match all offseason and it looks like the Cardinals slow-played this until the very end. No word yet on the financial framework. Holland figures to work in the ninth inning for St. Louis whenever he's ready. The 32-year-old slowed as the 2017 season ended, but he did finish tied for the National League lead in saves with 41 and he posted a 3.61 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 57 1/3 total innings.
Mar 29 - 11:21 AM

Matt Ehalt of The Daily Bergen Record reports that the Mets have discussed adding free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Holland, 32, is the last of the high-profile free agent pitchers still on the market. He turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer to open the offseason, and while a few teams have reportedly expressed interest in the reliever, there hasn't been much fire to the smoke. As Ehalt notes, it'd give the Mets one of the better bullpens right now with Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos and Jerry Blevins already in New York. This could be an interesting fit.
Mar 28 - 9:12 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team will not be pursuing free agent Greg Holland.

Holland was an All-Star for the Rockies last year and is easily the best reliever available in free agency. However, teams have been hesitant to sign him because he's tied to draft-pick compensation. The Rangers haven't settled on a closer yet but with Holland not an option, left-hander Alex Claudio should be the favorite for ninth-inning work in Texas.
Mar 15 - 4:38 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "at least checked in on" free agent closer Greg Holland.

Heyman notes that there is "no evidence the talks have gone very far to this point, and Braves people are telling folks they have limited funds left." Holland should come relatively cheap with Opening Day fast approaching, but there's been no real movement toward an agreement with any club. Heyman also suggests the Cardinals, Angels, Royals, and Rangers as possible fits for the 32-year-old right-hander.
Mar 15 - 12:50 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have at least considered the idea of bringing in Greg Holland.

The Rangers don't have a clear plan in place for the ninth inning yet, so signing the top relief pitcher on the free agent market would definitely help. Holland, who led the National League with 41 saves in 2017, still hasn't generated much interest on the free agent market.
Mar 10 - 3:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Ryan Sherriff