Greg Holland Is The Washington Nationals Guy
The Washington Nationals are running out of options on the closer market. They missed out on all the top names including Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and re-signing Mark Melancon. They were in the running for each of the top arms, and just couldn’t close the deal. They also reportedly tried to acquire David Robertson in the Adam Eaton trade with the Chicago White Sox, but failed there too. Now, the market has dried up and there’s only one name worth investing in, Greg Holland.
The former Kansas City Royals closer, 31-years-old, is coming off Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2015 season and has plenty of teams kicking the tires on his services. The right-hander held a showcase last month in which several teams attended, he looked healthy and consistently hit low 90’s on his fastball. Holland is expected to be fully healthy by the time Spring Training rolls around.
During his tenure as Kansas City’s closer, the two-time All Star was one of the best in the game and locked down 125 saves between 2013-2015. Holland has a career 2.42 ERA and if he shows some sort of resemblance of his old self, he will be a steal on this free agent market.
While some of the interested teams have stepped out of the Holland market, many are still in the running because they view Holland as a valuable late-inning option and a bridge to their closer. The list includes teams such as the Dodgers, Cubs, Royals, Mets and Padres.
Holland reportedly is seeking a two-year deal worth a total of $10-$20 million, of course with the number of teams in the mix and their desire for a closer, the Nationals may be forced to overpay in dollars and perhaps tack on an option for a third-year to land their man. Even the secondary relief market has subsided with guys like Brad Ziegler off the market, so the Nationals and GM Mike Rizzo needs to make the call and land their guy.
They have already missed out on every other closer, and it’s not worth trading away more prospects to land one, so it’s clear that Holland is the perfect guy for the Nats. Washington has in-house options such as Blake Treinen, but Holland needs to be inked and given he inside-track at the closer’s job, his experience in those situations is crucial. After all, Holland represents a major upgrade over the closer they went into last season with, Jonathan Papelbon and his massive ego.
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