Rockies closer Greg Holland, who tied a franchise record with 41 saves this season, will not exercise the $15 million player option on his contract and will explore the free-agent market, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Despite Holland’s success with Colorado in his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2015, there has been wide speculation that the veteran right-hander would decline his option. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Thursday said he could not confirm the report, adding that there has been no official communication between Holland and the Rockies.
Holland, who turns 32 next month, was a major reason why the Rockies returned to the postseason for the first time since 2009. His 41 saves tied Los Angeles’ Kenley Jansen for the most in the National League, and Holland was an all-star for the third time in his career.
Holland posted a 1.62 ERA in the first half and converted 23 consecutive saves. But he had a 6.38 ERA in the second half, to finish the season with a 3.61 ERA. Plus, he was tagged for three runs in the Rockies’ wild-card game loss to Arizona.
The Rockies signed Holland last winter to a base salary of $6 million with incentives built in that eventually led to the closer getting paid $15 million this season. More important, Holland’s success triggered a clause that turned a $10 million mutual option for 2018 into a $15 million player option.
In free agency, Holland could be seeking a contract similar to the four-year, $62 million contract Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco before this season.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Rockies pursue Holland in free agency. However, Holland has made it clear that he loved his time in Colorado, and the Rockies were very happy with …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports