Former Royal closer Greg Holland to sign with St. Louis

Cardinals reportedly reach deal with closer Greg Holland | Belleville News-Democrat

Former Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland finally has signed a contract as, today, he reached an agreement, pending a physical, with the St. Louis Cardinals for one year and $14 million.

St. Louis has already announced their Opening Day roster. The 21-year-old with a 102 miles per hour fastball originally was slated to start the season in double-A Springfield.

After the Cardinals began the offseason discussing their desire to acquire a proven closer to fill the void left behind by those who filled the role last season, it has appeared for weeks leading up to opening day that the team would instead roll with lesser-known quantities in the late innings.

Past year for Colorado, Holland earned a league-leading 41 saves while finishing a league-leading 58 games with a 3.61 ERA. Before that, he played his entire career with the Royals.

Holland turned down a qualifying offer made by the Rockies of over $17 million at the end of last season in hopes of finding a more lucrative deal through free agency.

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This is a pitcher who came back from injury to close out games in Colorado.

Holland, a Scott Boras client, was considered the last top-tier free agent remaining on the open market.

So Holland doesn't get the multi-year deal he deserves. A few contending teams such as St Louis, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers were linked to rumors as a possible destination for Holland back in the winter but none of those were verified.

During those two seasons, in which he was an All-Star in both, Holland was able to convert 93 out of 98 save opportunities. And it's with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Holland spent his first six seasons with the Kansas City Royals and achieved a 2.42 ERA along with 145 saves during that time. Opponents are batting.201 all time against him and he has a 1.13 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched).

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