Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cardinals, Greg Holland agree on 1-year deal

Cardinals, Greg Holland agree on 1-year deal

St. Louis has already announced their Opening Day roster.

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

The Cardinals are scheudled to open the regular season Thursday when they visit the Mets at 1:10 p.m. ET, though it remains unknown when Holland will join the team.

Holland is coming off a 2017 All-Star campaign in which he posted 41 saves with the Rockies, tying him for the most in the National League with only Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I'm excited. Hopefully everything works out and it happens". Following the season, Holland turned down a $15 million player-option and later turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer that would have kept him in Colorado. 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 worldwide bonus pool money.

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But in the meantime, manager Mike Matheny plans to mix and match with a closer-by-committee. He'll start this season on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Holland is in a different class when healthy.

Holland spent his first six seasons with the Kansas City Royals and achieved a 2.42 ERA along with 145 saves during that time. He was diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament late in 2015 and missed the postseason as his teammates went on to win the World Series. He was 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 61 games for the Rockies a year ago, striking out 70 and walking 26 in 571/3 innings.

The 32-year-old sat out 2016 season after Tommy John surgery. He had four blown saves.

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