The Royals non-tender closer Greg Holland, allowing him to become a free agent, general manager Dayton Moore told reporters Thursday. Moore did say, however, that the team is interested in bringing Holland back on a multi-year deal.
By not tendering Holland a contract, the team will avoid salary arbitration but allows him to sign with another team.
Holland, 29, had Tommy John surgery early last month to repair the UCL in his pitching arm. Holland pitched through a partially torn UCL in last year’s postseason and most of the 2015 regular season before the ligament tore more significantly. The injury made it unlikely that Kansas City would tender Holland a contract, because it would have been a one-year deal and he will likely spent all of next season rehabbing his elbow.
Holland has been the Royal’s closer since 2013 and has accumulated 125 saves in that time. Despite the elbow injury, he converted 32 of 37 save opportunities and has a 3.83 ERA. In 2014, he converted 46 of his 48 save opportunities and had a 1.44 ERA.
- Dan Gartland