Cubs on the long list of teams that attended Greg Holland’s showcase Monday in Phoenix
The Cubs are exploring ways to add controllable, starting pitching to the roster and bolster the bullpen for next season. The Cubs were among the teams that attended Greg Holland’s showcase this week.
The Sun-Times reported Greg Holland “is on the Cubs’ radar as a potential backend bullpen piece that ideally could be back to mid- to upper-90s velocity sometime during the second half of the season and into the playoffs.”
According to Jon Heyman, the Giants and the Red Sox have shown the most interest in Holland. The Cubs, Indians and Mariners were among the “close to 20 teams” to attend his showcase. The Cubs are believed to have interest in signing Holland.
Holland did not pitch last season (2016). The veteran right-hander is recovering from elbow surgery. Holland last pitched in a game on Sept. 18, 2015. He turns 31 in 10 days (Nov. 20). Heyman reported Holland started the showcase throwing 88-89 mph. By the end of the workout, his fastball velocity increased to 90-91 mph and “flashed a very good slider.”
Holland was not as effective in 2015 for the eventual World Champs as he was in 2014 when the Royals won the AL Pennant. Holland was 3-2 in 48 games in 2015 with 32 saves, a 3.83 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 3.27 FIP.
Greg Holland was one of the best late-inning relievers in baseball in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Holland was 2-1 with 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 1.36 FIP in 68 games in 2013. And in 2014, Holland was 1-3 with 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 1.83 FIP.
Greg Holland is represented by Scott Boras. Holland could be looking for a two-year contract. An executive the Sun-Times spoke with about Holland indicated he is projected to be “a two-year commitment, with most of the value expected on the back half of the deal.”