Nationals sign reliever Greg Holland
The Washington Nationals signed reliever Greg Holland on Tuesday, giving them another bullpen arm after trading away Brandon Kintzler and Shawn Kelley in recent weeks.
Holland has had a rough season posting a 7.92 ERA in 25 appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals, who signed the 32-year-old to a one-year, $14 million deal in the offseason, released him last week.
But Holland is only a year removed from an All-Star appearancewith the Colorado Rockies. In 2017, he had a career-high 41 saves. He was also named an All-Star in 2013 and 14 with the Kansas City Royals.
Holland’s career has been heavily affected by injuries. He missed the 2016 season after he underwent Tommy John surgery in September 2015. Holland has also dealt with a hip injury this year.
The Nationals, currently 5 games back in the National League East, appear to be taking a flier on Holland to see if he can contribute down the stretch.
Washington traded Kintzler at the trade deadline to the Chicago Cubs, reportedly to try and improve the chemistry in the clubhouse. The Nationals also traded Kelley to the Oakland Athletics, following an outburst from the reliever that general manager Mike Rizzo deemed unacceptable.
Last week, Kelley glared at the Nationals dugout after he gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning during a blowout win against the New York Mets, which Rizzo took as a sign he was “showing up” manager Dave Martinez. He was later designated for assignment and then traded to the A’s.
To make room for Holland, the Nationals sent pitcher Jimmy Cordero to Triple-A Syracuse.