Winter Meetings 2012: Milwaukee Brewers Contact Texas Rangers about Derek Holland

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The Milwaukee Brewers have contacted the Texas Rangers Wednesday morning on the availability of starting pitcher Derek Holland.

Milwaukee is one of several teams that are interested in Holland and have inquired the Rangers about a possible trade if Texas is able to acquire free-agent starter Zack Greinke. The Rangers are reportedly in a deep bidding war with the Los Angeles Dodgers to sign Greinke, who could very well become the highest paid pitcher of all time. As of right now, reports suggest Greinke has already surpassed C.C. Sabathia’s $161 million deal.

Holland has started for the Rangers the past four seasons while also serving time in the bullpen. In 2012, the 26-year-old posted a 12-7 record with a 4.67 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 145 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. Holland may have a 4.71 career ERA, but make no mistake about it, there is plenty of upside to the four-year player.

The left-hander signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract in 2012 with an $11 million club option for 2017 and an $11.5 million club option for 2018. This deal would certainly fit well within Milwaukee’s budget, which would make him a must-sign for the ball club if the Rangers did indeed make him available.

However, it is difficult to say what Texas would want in return, given their overstock of prospects. GM Doug Melvin has already made it clear that he does not want to trade any position players this off-season, especially since Milwaukee had the No. 1 ranked offense in the National League this past season. He did like the idea of having depth at the catcher position in case a trade came about.

The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins have both contacted the Rangers about whether Holland will be dealt pending the outcome of a deal with Greinke. Make sure to check back with Rant Sports on more news regarding whether Texas will be willing to trade Holland to the Brewers in the near future.

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