Rangers lefty Derek Holland has a lot at stake in his final month of the season — and, likely, the postseason to follow — as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News explains. Holland, 29, is not only battling for a spot in the club’s playoff rotation, but also will be auditioning as the team considers whether to pick up his $11MM option for 2017. He has exceeded his limited inning tallies of the prior two campaigns, but still owns only a 4.68 ERA across 84 2/3 frames on the year. But his two outings since returning from his latest DL stint have been quite good — Holland has allowed just two earned runs over 12 innings on eight total hits and one walk, against ten strikeouts — and a continuation of that could make the option desirable once again. As Grant notes, Texas will need to weigh the lack of likely alternatives in free agency. Plus, parting ways with the southpaw would mean paying a $1.5MM buyout for 2017 while also passing on the rights to a $11.5MM option for the 2018 season (while coughing up another $1MM buyout).
Here’s more from the American League:
- The Red Sox could welcome Koji Uehara back to their bullpen as soon as next Monday, as Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. At one point, it seemed that the veteran righty could miss the rest of the season with a pectoral strain, but he’ll instead look to provide a boost to the Sox relief corps down the stretch. While there’s now optimism, Uehara says he won’t push too hard. “It makes no sense to rush at this point in time so I’ll try to be ready when I’m ready,” he said. “The biggest hurdle is getting over the injury mentally. I think I feel pretty good with where I am physically.” It hasn’t quite been a typical campaign for the 41-year-old, who sports an uncharacteristic 4.50 ERA, but he’s still carrying 12.8 K/9 against just 2.3 BB/9 and will be an interesting factor in the free agent market — particularly if he can show that he’s healthy in the final month of the season.
- Angels righty Cam Bedrosian is still assessing whether to undergo surgery to address a blood clot in his pitching arm, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes. The procedure would end his season, but the alternative — rest and medication — likely will as well at this point. Either way, it doesn’t appear to be a significant long-term concern, and doesn’t take much away from a breakout season from the 24-year-old. After posting ugly earned run totals in his first two efforts to conquer the big leagues, Bedrosian has tallied 40 1/3 frames of 1.12 ERA ball in 2016 with a strong 11.4 K/9 against 3.1 BB/9 and a 49.5% groundball rate.
- The Tigers are holding their breath yet again with regard to outfielder Cameron Maybin, who left tonight’s action with another thumb injury. As Evan Woodberry of MLive.com tweets, X-rays on his left thumb were negative, but an MRI has been scheduled for a closer look tomorrow. The 29-year-old has been a key cog for Detroit, slashing .328/.398/.415 with 14 steals over 286 plate appearances, but has already spent two stints on the DL — including one for an injury to the same digit that is causing the new trouble. Regardless of the prognosis, it seems fairly likely that the Tigers will end up seeing value in exercising a $9MM option to retain Maybin for 2017 rather than paying him a $1MM buyout.
Uehara….. Is terrible….. Move on
You must be smoking some real potent sh#t!!
Uehara is better then 80% of the pen the Sox have now. When’s the last time you seen Uehara give up 5 runs and get no outs like Barnes did the other night? I don’t think ever. Probably not even 3 nevermind 5.
He will be a big help to Sox pen who only have Ziegler, Kimbrell and Buchholz, who you probably said the same thing your saying about Uehara. So you will be eating your words in a few weeks. Because you know nothing and have no bases to your statement.
He’s right, like the entire sox bullpen, he sucks….anyway, mighty Jays rule the division and baseball… Team is unbeatable in 2016… Enjoy your one game wildcard experience losers… Lol
Awfully chirpy for a fan of a team that has how many championships this millennium? Zero? Oh, okay.
How about in general? Other than Joe Carter saving your ass, all you got is a cool bat flip….
At least they have leafs, lawl
That bat flip cost the flipper a sore jaw lol
Because Texas had their feelings hurt because they haven’t matured yet apparently
Someone is still butthurt about getting their mouthy player smacked around.
How bad is Redsox bullpen when their looking at an over the hill washed up loser like papa for help… lol… Btw… Jays will be ruling baseball for years to come
Idk about years to come
Agreed. The future for the Cubs is bright.. I think they have a better set up than the Blue Jays do
Encarnacion and Bautista are gone at the end of the year. Good luck ruling baseball
I’d guess Donaldson will be traded shortly after EE and Batista leave via free agency and Tulo gets hurt. They are built for 2016 and 2016 only. #Brewersin2022
If the Jays had Dave Winfield, John Olerud, Joe Carter, Devon White, Jack Morris, Tom Henke, Pat Borders, David Cone, then yes, they might be able to rule baseball for years to come..
Enjoy your runner up finish this year and to think you will rule for years to come is ridiculous. Your team is injury prone and you will lose at least one important FA and 3 good pitchers isn’t a quality staff, Happ is having a career year that will never happen again . Enjoy while you can
Not saying we’ll be on top of the league for years, but we’re still set up for contention in the next few years. A core of Estrada, osuna, Donaldson, tulo, Sanchez, stroman and Travis is better than a lot of teams. And saying Happs having a career year is kind of naive since he was the best pitcher in baseball for half of last season
They won’t re-sign either. Will be unfortunate because offense won’t be the same. I don’t see Blue Jays going deep if they do maintain division lead. But it looks like Orioles are slipping and will be between Boston and Toronto in final month. Will be a fun September to watch them battle it out. Sox have a great young core and Blue jays have a good veteran bunch will be interesting.
I don’t see any way the Rangers move away from Holland. Sure he is injury prone, but they don’t have a ton of options after trading away the farm. Perez is hurt frequently and so is Darvish. They need all the starters they can get.