Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditFriday, May 20, 2022

Articles tagged: Greg Holland

Nationals sign reliever Greg Holland

Greg Holland

The Washington Nationals have battled their way back to three games over .500 and are still fighting for a playoff spot, and they’re hoping the addition of a veteran reliever can help get them closer to the postseason.

On Tuesday, the Nationals announced that they have signed right-hander Greg Holland.

Holland was waived by the St. Louis Cardinals after a disastrous 32 appearances with the team. He has a 7.92 ERA in 25 innings pitched, and the Nationals are hoping he can regain his previous form.

Washington was in need of bullpen depth after trading Brandon Kintzler and releasing Shawn Kelly a week ago following a bizarre on-field incident. Holland, who had 46 saves in 2013 and 47 in 2014 with the Kansas City Royals, should give the Nationals a low-risk, high-reward option.

Nationals reportedly pursuing deal with Greg Holland

Greg Holland

Despite a horrendous stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, Greg Holland looks poised to join another would-be contender.

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Washington Nationals have entered into contract discussions with Holland, who cleared waivers and would be available on the cheap.

No agreement is in place, but the two sides are in discussions. Washington has previously had interest in Holland, who has a 7.92 ERA this season with 22 walks in 25 innings.

The Nationals will be hoping they can fix Holland for a stretch run. They’re in need of bullpen depth after trading Brandon Kintzler and releasing Shawn Kelly a week ago after a bizarre on-field incident. Adding Holland would represent a fairly low-risk and potentially high-reward move to fill at least one of those holes.

Greg Holland wants to join contender after Cardinals release

Greg Holland

Greg Holland has been a huge bust with the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s hoping a change of scenery will make a difference.

Holland is expected to be released by the Cardinals on Friday, as’s Jon Morosi reported.

Morosi further reported that Holland plans to sign with a contender following his release.

The 32-year-old reliever signed for $14 million this season and was a complete bust. He has a 7.92 ERA and 2.24 WHIP in 25 innings this season and also spent time on the DL with a hip injury. Any team that adds him would be taking a big risk.

Greg Holland reportedly agrees to deal with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are heading into the 2018 season without a defined closer in their bullpen, but they managed to fill the need just hours before Opening Day.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals reached a deal with relief pitcher Greg Holland on Thursday

Holland saved 41 games in 45 attempts with the Colorado Rockies last year. He had not pitched for 16 months prior to that because of Tommy John Surgery, but he had a stretch with the Kansas City Royals from 2013-2015 during which he was one of the more reliable closers in baseball. His 41 saves last season were tied for the lead in the National League and led to an All-Star appearance.

Holland declined his player option for 2018, and one report claims he turned down a significant offer that would have kept him with the Rockies. The Cardinals were planning to use a closer-by-committee approach to start the season, so they should be a good fit for Holland.

Report: Greg Holland turned down big offer to return to Rockies

Greg Holland is perhaps the biggest MLB free agent who still remains unsigned, but it turns out that it may partly be by choice.

During a live chat Wednesday, Colorado Rockies beat writer Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post received a question about Holland’s future. Saunders replied that the Rockies were no longer an option for the three-time All-Star and that he turned down a “big” offer to return to Colorado, which Saunders categorized as a “big mistake.” Saunders also mentioned the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants as possible landing spots for Holland.

The 32-year-old Holland had not pitched for 16 months due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow when he signed a one-year deal with the Rockies last offseason. He proved himself to be more than healthy in 2017 however, tying for the National League lead with 41 saves in 45 opportunities and making the NL All-Star team. Holland declined his player option for 2018 though and has yet to land a new contract anywhere.

Of the options Saunders listed, the Giants might be a logical choice given the recent uncertainty surrounding their bullpen. But in any case, Holland may have missed his chance for whatever deal he was hoping for with Opening Day now just hours away and the fairly vast availability of relievers leaguewide.

Best remaining MLB free agent at every position

Eric Hosmer

In the slowest offseason in recent memory, numerous top Major League Baseball free agents remain unsigned. You could put a pretty solid team together solely consisting of players who remain unsigned in February, with spring training a matter of weeks away.

Teams in need of help can still look at pretty much any position and find someone at least passable. Here’s a glance at the best player remaining on the market at each position.

Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy

Once a potent offensive catcher regarded as one of the best in the game at framing pitches, Lucroy has seen his star fade a bit. He’s still a threat, though, and he proved that by hitting .310 in his short stint with the Colorado Rockies last season. Lucroy is still a career .281 hitter and a reliable defensive backstop, and he probably could come cheap, making it something of a surprise that he hasn’t signed yet. He’s not the top starter that he once was, but he’s a solid option all the same.

First Base – Eric Hosmer


Ideal landing spot for MLB’s top remaining free agents

Yu Darvish Dodgers

The MLB free agent market has been slow to develop for various reasons, but with pitchers and catchers reporting in a little over a month, odds are that things will pick up sooner rather than later. That means we’ll see a rush of signings once the first dominoes fall, leading teams to really consider their options.

Here’s a look at an ideal landing spot for the top free agents still on the market.

1) Yu Darvish, P — Cubs

As it stands, the Cubs do not have much of a rotation. Sure, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are there, but John Lackey and Jake Arrieta are both out for the moment, and they’ll at least want to replace the latter. If so, why not target the best starter on the market? Reports indicate that the Cubs have spoken to Darvish and registered their interest. They’re a big enough franchise to stand out in the big queue of suitors the Japanese ace currently has. They might as well pony up and go for it, even in spite of the bad World Series.

2) J.D. Martinez, OF — Red Sox


Cardinals reportedly a possible destination for Greg Holland

The Cardinals have been reported as a possible landing spot for free agent closer Greg Holland with Wade Davis now off the market.

On Thursday, the Rockies bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to terms with three-time All-Star Wade Davis. That leaves Holland as perhaps the premier ninth inning man available. The Cardinals added Luke Gregerson earlier this month, but that may not be the only bullpen arm they add.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi mentioned the Cardinals as a possible destination for Holland to help make up for the number of relievers who have left since last season ended.

Holland would be a welcomed addition to any team. He was part of the vaunted Royals bullpen that helped the team win the World Series in 2015. Holland led the National Legaue in saves last season with 41 and has recorded 40 or more saves in three of the past four seasons.

Report: Cardinals could have interest in Greg Holland

The St. Louis Cardinals have been seeking a back-end reliever for a while, and with Wade Davis off the board, they could take a long, hard look at the man Davis is replacing in Colorado.

According to Jon Morosi of, St. Louis could be a possible landing spot for former Rockies closer Greg Holland, who remains a free agent.

Holland struggled down the stretch in 2017, but he had an All-Star caliber season, saving 41 games with a 3.61 ERA. The Cardinals want to shore up their bullpen and have been linked with Holland since the offseason started. Don’t be shocked if this one ends up coming to fruition.

15 best remaining MLB free agents

Yu Darvish Dodgers

Even as the new year looms, the free agent market in Major League Baseball hasn’t quite picked up yet. While some major players have found a home, a number of the top free agents on the market are still waiting for a satisfying offer, and it looks likely that their situations will drag into January. That means that teams shopping for help still have plenty of options on the board.

Here are 15 of the best remaining free agents that many contenders and non-contenders alike will be looking at.

15) Carlos Gonzalez, outfielder

A sub-par 2017 — with particular concerns about his production away from Coors Field — has definitely hurt Gonzalez’s market. He’s still only 32, though, and has shown himself to be a quality power bat as recently as 2016. He won’t be terribly expensive and he could be a short-term fix for a contender. Gonzalez could sign a short-term deal for 2018 in a bid to re-establish some value going forward.

14) Addison Reed, pitcher

Reed has quietly grown into a very solid setup man over the past few seasons, though he was fairly homer-prone in 2017. He was outstanding for the New York Mets the year before that, and was a massive part of the bullpen of the team that went to the World Series in 2015. While he’s not one of the very best relievers in the game, he’s certainly good enough to set up for a good team. He even has experience as a closer from his time with the Chicago White Sox and could do that for some teams.