Colorado Rockies agree to one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Holland
The Colorado Rockies announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent right-handed relief pitcher Greg Holland. The contract includes a conditional option. Additionally, the Rockies have designated right-hander Eddie Butler for assignment.
- Holland, 31, played parts of six seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2010-15), going 18-12 with 145 saves and a 2.42 ERA (319.2 IP, 86 ER), 125 walks and 430 strikeouts. He did not play in 2016 after receiving Tommy John surgery following the 2015 regular season. In his most recent season in 2015, he went 3-2 with 32 saves, a 3.83 ERA (44.2 IP, 19 ER), 26 walks and 49 strikeouts.
- A two-time All-Star (2013 and 2014), Holland's best season with Kansas City came in 2013 as he went 2-1 with a career-high 47 saves (ranked second in the American League), a 1.21 ERA (67.0 IP, 9 ER), 18 walks and 103 strikeouts in a career-high 68 relief appearances.
- Originally drafted by the Royals in the 10th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.), the Marion, N.C. native appeared in 11 postseason games in 2014, recording seven saves and a 0.82 ERA (11.0 IP, 1 ER) with five walks and fifteen strikeouts.
- Butler, 25, went 2-5 with a 7.17 ERA (64.0 IP, 51 ER), 21 walks and 47 strikeouts across 17 appearances with nine starts in 2016. In parts of three seasons with the Rockies, he is 6-16 with a 6.50 ERA (159.1 IP, 115 ER), 70 walks and 94 strikeouts.