Somehow, closer Greg Holland remains without a team. Of course, one reason why is that teams are cheap. But this is just ridiculous. Last season — for the Colorado Rockies, no less — Holland would save 41 ballgames while pitching to a 3.61 ERA, 3.73 FIP and 3.42 DRA. Add in a 29.8 percent strikeout rate (11.1 percent walk rate) and there’s plenty to like there.
Of course, there’s also the fact that he would miss all of 2016 while recovering from injuries. And yet, he’s still a free agent. Not only that, but he’s the last big-name free agent out there. And it makes no sense.
But according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, it’s because of his price tag.
“…On the relief side, the big name still out there is Greg Holland. In this era of relief pitching, you would think Holland would be desired, but his price tag is keeping teams away.”
That’s not a shock, though. Remember, teams are cheap. But if you don’t want Greg Holland in the back of the bullpen, what are you doing here?