The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly reached a one-year deal with former Colorado Rockies relief pitcher, Greg Holland, pending a physical.
The deal will be worth approximately $14 million, which was first reported by FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. As part of the deal, the Cardinals will also have to give up the 59th overall pick in this year’s draft as well as $500,000 in international bonus pool money.
Holland is coming off a 2017 All-Star campaign in which he posted 41 saves with the Rockies, tying him for the most in the National League with only Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is also worth noting Holland’s late-season collapse in which he gave up 14 runs in only 6 ⅓ innings in the month of August, racking up three blown saves and four losses in the process. Following the season, Holland turned down a $15 million player-option and later turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer that would have kept him in Colorado.
This signing carries very little financial risk for the Cardinals with it being only a one-year deal. It also fills a major hole for them following the news of the team’s previously anointed closer, Luke Gregerson, being placed on the 10-day disabled list. Presumably, Holland will resume his career role of closer even after Gregerson returns.
In 2017, the closer situation for the Cardinals was in constant disarray, which began with Seung-hwan Oh who posted a less-than-mediocre 4.10 ERA in 62 games. Oh began the season as the team’s closer only to be replaced by Trevor Rosenthal in mid-July. A month later, the Cardinals found themselves going back to a struggling Oh after Rosenthal tore his UCL.A move made out of necessity, the St. Louis @Cardinals have signed veteran relief pitcher Greg Holland.Click To Tweet
The Cards can only hope that Greg Holland will prove to be a source of consistency as they look to improve upon their third-place NL Central finish in 2017. If Holland does return to his dominant form in 2018, then Cardinal fans can look forward to games ending in exclamation points whenever he takes the mound.