The Washington Nationals have officially signed former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Greg Holland.
Greg Holland was a star in 2017, winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year with the Colorado Rockies en route to a league leading 41 saves and 58 games finished while posting a 3.61 ERA and striking out 11 batters per nine. Holland rejected the Rockies’ $17.4 Million Qualifying Offer in search of a bigger and better deal. Despite Holland’s dominance, after rejecting the qualifying offer, Holland was only able to attain a one-year, $14 Million deal which seemed to be a steal for the Cards, but it turns out it was one of the worst one-year deals in franchise history. Thus far in 2018, Holland has put up a gruesome 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances. To be frank, he has been horrible.
In the absence of Sean Doolittle and after trading Shawn Kelly and Brandon Kinzler over grudges (throwing a temper tantrum and ratting to the press respectively), the Nationals are desperate for a spark in their bullpen as they attempt to limp into the Wild Card Game after being the biggest disappointment of the 2018 season. The Nationals are currently 5.5 games back in the division and 4.5 games back of the Wild Card Game.
Hopefully, for the Nationals, Holland will embrace this change of scenery and once again become an effective reliever. If not, 2017 was fun while it lasted.