By Gem Tablak
On November 9th, former Royals closer & current free agent Greg Holland held a showcase for about 18 teams. While Holland used to average 96 mph on his fastball, it wasn’t to much of a surprise that after just over a year removed from a his first Tommy John surgery, his fastball was topping out in the low 90’s, his agent Scott Boras informed the media that the November 9th showcase would be his only one.
At this stage of his rehabilitation, its highly expected that he will take it up a notch & maybe even return to previous form. With 18 teams attending the workout, it’s expected that Holland will find a 2 year deal ranging in between $18M-$22M. Holland missed the entire 2016 season to rehab from his TJS.
In 2015, Holland had a 3.83 ERA over 48 & 44.1 innings, however I believe his diminished numbers are a result of his arm injury. His career ERA is 2.42 & has also compiled 145 saves. His K/9 is 12.11 so he’s used to missing some bats in his career, the big question is if he can bounce back. While we see plenty of starters bounce back from TJS, it is a little less common with relievers as they need to pitch back to back games in occasions.
Corné’s cut: Holland comes back from TJS and that always takes a risk but when healthy he is one of the most dominant closers in the game.
There is a lot of interrest in Holland, rightfully so, as it will probably be just an one year commitment to get him. When he proves to be healthy he very well could have a huge impact on the Mets bullpen.