With Mariano Rivera bowing out of the game of baseball last fall, the Kansas City Royals might just have the best closer in the american league on their roster. Sure, Greg Holland isn’t exactly a household name, but his statistics combined with an extremely lively arm both have earned him at least a spot in the conversation of MLB’s best closer.
Even still, the Royals are playing it smart with Holland as the right-hander isn’t an unrestricted free agent until after the 2016 campaign. The All-Star closer was granted $4.6 million for the 2014 season during his arbitration hearing on Tuesday, which is closer to the Royals’ initial offer of $4.1 million than the $5.2 million that Holland requested.
Thankfully for the Royals, Holland will be going through arbitration for quite some time — meaning Kansas City should be able to keep him on the cheap if that’s the route they wind up taking. Moreover, if I was Royals general manager Dayton Moore then I would be looking to extend Holland’s contract sometime this season, just so that the 28-year-old strikeout guru can feel more comfortable going out there and taking the ball three or four times a week.
With that being said, 2014 is a gigantic year for Holland as scouts from across the league will be tuning in just to see if he can relive his magical 2013 campaign that saw Holland place ninth in Cy Young Award voting or if he will fall flat on his face. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be a Kansas City Royals fan, which hasn’t been said very often over the last three decades.
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