Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Cardinals agree to deal with All-Star closer

Cardinals agree to deal with All-Star closer

This is a big fall from grace for Holland and his agent, Scott Boras, as before the Rockies signed Wade Davis to be their closer in December for 3 years and $51 million (to make it the most lucrative contract for a reliever ever), the Rockies offered the same contract to Holland...and he rejected it.

Less than two hours before the start of their season, the Cardinals found a closer.

According to multiple reports, Greg Holland and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms on a one-year, $14 million deal. And while he can earn up to $14 million this season, the incentives only kick in for awards.

Holland left the Royals after being granted free agency following the 2015 season. As other top free agent pitchers were taken off the market, Holland's name was one of the last top stars remaining for a team to land.

The Cardinals are in NY for their opening series against the Mets.

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Holland saved 41 games for the Colorado Rockies last season and then declined a $15 million option for 2018.

The Mets have tabbed righty Jacob deGrom as their starter. deGrom recorded 239 strikeouts over 201 innings a year ago (with only 59 walks), while finishing the season 15-10 overall with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

The former Kansas City Royals closer, Holland has 186 career saves and a 2.60 ERA in seven years in Major League Baseball.

Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros started the season on baseball's restricted list to serve a five-game suspension rather than on the disabled list after hand surgery last month.

The 32-year-old Holland could help to shore up the Cardinals end-of-the-bullpen issues that came up with Luke Gregerson's recent injury.

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