The Royals will not tender an offer to injured reliever Greg Holland, sources tell Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise after Holland underwent Tommy John surgery in late September. Heyman adds that the Royals would be happy to consider a two-year deal for Holland, as they did for Kris Medlen.
Holland was set to earn $11.3MM via arbitration, according to MLBTR and Matt Swartz’s projection model. Even before Holland’s injury, there were questions as to whether the Royals would be able to retain the 29-year-old (30 next month). When the former closer suffered a “significant” tear in his UCL, the decision unfortunately became much easier for KC. Holland will miss most, if not all of the 2016 season.
The Royals were said to have asked Holland to get the elbow checked out on multiple occasions this season, but Holland’s preference was always to pitch through the discomfort. Ultimately, though, his September struggles became too significant, and with his fastball dropping from the mid 90s to the high 80s, Holland had no choice but to get checked out.
To this point in his career, the two-time All-Star has a 2.42 ERA with 12.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 145 saves in 319 2/3 innings. All of those innings came as a member of the Royals, who selected Holland in the 10th round of the 2007 draft. It’s still possible that the Royals and Holland could work out a new deal, but Kansas City will have to compete with everybody else if that’s their intention. Holland and newly hired agent Scott Boras can be expected to scout the market for the best opportunity.