Cardinals Sign Greg Holland to 1-Year Deal

Ross Houston
March 31, 2018's Jon Paul Morosi says a source told him Greg Holland is close to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Prior to last season's All-Star break, Holland posted an ERA of 1.62 saving 28 of a possible 29 games he appeared in.

Injury report: The Orioles placed designated hitter Mark Trumbo on the 10-day DL with a right quadriceps strain.

Holland - a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves past year - had 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies in 2017. The deal is pending a physical, of course, but when it's complete it will be for $14 million.

Holland spent his first six seasons with the Kansas City Royals and achieved a 2.42 ERA along with 145 saves during that time. Before long, Holland should take over the closer's role with projected Cards closer Luke Gregerson (hamstring) on the disabled list. He sat out the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The St. Louis Cardinals hope to contend for the National League Central with the defending division champion Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Following the Cardinals loss to the Mets in Thursday's opening game, manager Mike Matheny said all he knew was that a physical was pending. Cardinals fans also saw the debut of rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks who showed what he's capable of with a 101.6 miles per hour pitch. He was 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 61 games for the Rockies previous year, striking out 70 and walking 26 in 57 1/3 innings. The 32-year-old should remain one of the game's elite closers in 2018, and he joins a Cardinals steam with a stout lineup and solidified rotation.

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