Cardinals, Greg Holland agree on 1-year deal

Cardinals, Greg Holland agree on 1-year deal

Holland, 32, had a solid season with the Rockies a year ago, saving a league-high 41 games with a 3.61 ERA and a 70/26 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings. The deal is pending a physical, of course, but when it's complete it will be for $14 million.

As the Rockies' closer, Holland came roaring back, racking up 41 saves last season to help the team make it to the post-season for the first time since 2009. Before long, Holland should take over the closer's role with projected Cards closer Luke Gregerson (hamstring) on the disabled list.

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Gregerson, signed in the offseason to an $11 million, two-year contract, saved 31 games for Houston in 2015 and 15 more the next season.

Before joining the Rockies, Holland was one of the best closers in the game with the Kansas City Royals. Injuries prevented him from pitching that October and he spent all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He said then that he didn't intend to offend then-Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish when he pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering against the pitcher from Japan. Mark Saxon of The Athletic added that the contract is pending a physical. Holland should slot in nicely as the team's closer, and he'll get the chance to reset his value for the winter. Holland has remained available after turning down the Rockies' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November. The Phillies will go with four starters until Arrieta is ready to pitch. But, he does get to potentially pick on the Pirates and Reds a lot this season.

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