Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals Avoid Arbitration

by Michael Theed | Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015
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This morning, the Kansas City Royals and closing pitcher Greg Holland struck a deal for the 2015 season, allowing the two sides to avoid an arbitration hearing. Greg Holland signed a one year contract for a handsome salary of $8.25 million, landing $425,000 above the midpoint mark of offers from the two sides. Holland will also receive $100,000 if he is traded this year.

Holland, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, receives a healthy raise from his 2014 earnings. He amassed $4,675,000 last year during the baseball season, giving him a salary increase of just over three and a half million dollars.

Greg Holland is definitely deserving of this figure. Over the last two seasons, Holland has become one of the most dominant closers in the game, saving 93 games [47 and 46 respectively] while posting a commanding ERA of 1.32 [1.21 and 1.44].

Holland has also sat batters down at an astounding rate, combining for a 13.4 K/9 ratio while limiting batters to just over five hits per nine innings. Holland’s WHIP in that span sits at .889, and his strikeout to walk ratio is a solid 5.08 for the two years.

The two time all-star earned some MVP and Cy Young considerations in both 2013 and 2014, finishing 15th and 16th in the MVP races respectively, and ninth both years for the Cy Young award.

The 29 year old right handed flamethrower became a key piece to the Royals’ run to the World Series in 2014, saving 21 of his 46 games in the second half while holding batters to a minuscule .140 batting average and .393 OPS while posting an ERA under 1.00. In the playoffs, Holland was even better, saving seven games in 11 appearances, allowing just one run in 11 innings [0.82 ERA] and striking out 15.

Look for Greg Holland to continue his success at the tail end of the Royals bullpen.

In related Royals news, they have signed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league deal.

Blanton will make $1,000,000 if he reaches the Major Leagues and can earn up to $4,000,000 with incentives.

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Michael is a Marlins fan covering Marlins Baseball. Civil Engineering Student at University of Central Florida. Follow him on Twitter @MTheed4.

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