DENVER — A source is telling BSN Denver that the Colorado Rockies have approached relief pitcher Greg Holland with a multi-year deal.
The 31-year-old has spent each of his five years in MLB with the Kansas City Royals, posting a 2.42 ERA over 319.2 innings. He had Tommy John surgery in August of 2015 and missed the entire 2016 season. Before that, he had pitched over 65 innings each of the last two seasons. Holland’s advanced statistics (xFIP, RE24) go right along with his ERA in suggesting he has been both incredibly consistent and remarkably clutch. He also has a career 12.11 K/9 rate and 3.52/9 walk rate.
His 95.5 average mph fastball and wicked slider kept him at the back end of the Royals ‘pen working as both a closer and setup man, accumulating 145 Saves in his career. If signed, he would be the Rockies leader, by far, in that category. He has the talent and the pedigree to be as good as any of the relief pitchers who have been signed in free agency this offseason.
A few other teams are likely in on Holland but he could end up being a steal for the Rockies if he can return to something close to his former self and if the price is right.