Cardinals, Greg Holland Agree Upon One-Year, $14M Deal

Cardinals reportedly near deal with free agent closer Greg Holland, pending a physical

The deal, first reported by FanRag Sports, is pending a physical.

The St. Louis Cardinals opened their season on Thursday with an away game against the New York Mets but fell 9-4 in that contest. He declined $15 million and $17 million offers (represented by Scott Boras) from the Colorado Rockies during the offseason in November. "I'm excited. Hopefully everything works out and it happens".

Pitching for the Rockies last season, Holland won the Comeback Player of the Year award last season. As part of the deal, the Cardinals will also have to give up the 59th overall pick in this year's draft as well as $500,000 in global bonus pool money.

St. Louis had planned to use Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, but he strained his left hamstring late in spring training and began the season on the 10-day disabled list with no timetable for his return.

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But in the meantime, manager Mike Matheny plans to mix and match with a closer-by-committee. Before the MLB All-Star break, he provided 28 saves out of 29 attempts and also achieved an impressive 1.62 ERA in those appearances.

Holland is in a different class when healthy. But the Redbirds have 161 games yet to go this year, and longtime sports writer Rob Rains says the team is looking stronger than it was a year ago. Injuries prevented him from pitching that October and he spent all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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

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