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Unread 2017-01-26, 02:02 AM   #111
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Royals Rumors: Greg Holland Agrees To Contract With Rockies



The KC Royals watched former closer Greg Holland agree to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. The deal comes the day after he attended the funeral of former Kansas City teammate Yordano Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

Multiple sources have indicated that a deal between former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland and the Colorado Rockies is in the works. Yahoo.com’s Jeff Passan Tweeted details of the deal:
Source: Greg Holland’s deal with the Rockies is one year, $7M guaranteed. Non-closing incentives take it to $10M. Could get $14M as closer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 25, 2017
Source: RP Greg Holland and the Colorado Rockies have agreed on a one-year deal with a vesting option for a second year, pending physical.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 25, 2017
I’m somewhat surprised that Holland would sign with the Colorado Rockies. Many pitchers struggle with Denver’s thin air. Not only does the ball carry, but breaking pitches often lose movement. With the Reds, Royals, and Nationals all interested in the former closer, I suspect Colorado had to have offered a significantly better package than their rivals. Otherwise, Holland wouldn’t have accepted the risk of damaging his future value by playing half his games in a tough pitching venue like Coors Field.
However, it’s hard to imagine that the Kansas City Royals could have matched such a deal. From general manager Dayton Moore’s behavior this winter, he’s operating under a tight budget. With Kansas City presumably back on the starting pitching market after Yordano Ventura‘s tragic accident, they simply couldn’t risk investing significant resources in a player coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Another problem could have been that Moore doesn’t know what kind of resources are now available. Yordano Ventura’s contract situation is still up in the air. Ventura’s toxicology report could not only nullify his $20 million contract guarantee, but could also impact any insurance that the club took out on his deal. Authorities in the Dominican Republic indicate his toxicology report will be available in three-weeks.
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