The Kansas City Royals closer the past few seasons was not offered arbitration by the team. He underwent Tommy John surgery in September and will likely not be ready until the start of the 2017 season. He was due for a raise in arbitration from his $8.25 million salary from the 2015 season. The Royals have plenty of options in the back-end of the bullpen, and Holland was sadly a casualty of a team that doesn’t have a huge payroll.
Holland was an All-Star in 2013 and 2014 when he saved 47 and 46 games for the suddenly relevant Royals. He went 3-2 with 32 saves last season before going down late in the season with an elbow injury. He has a career record of 18-12 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.123 WHIP. He has recorded 145 saves and struck out 430 batters in 319 innings pitched.
So what kind of value does the 30-year-old Holland have on the open market? He is lost for the entire 2016 season, but the right-hander is still relatively young. He would be a nice project addition for a team looking into the future. It is also not out of the question he returns to Kansas City on a multi-year deal for a discount rate.