McDowell County native Greg Holland will once again make his way to the National League’s Western Division as the free agent reliever has agreed in principal to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The deal, which is being reported by multiple social media outlets including MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, includes a base salary of around $3.5 million. Performance incentives are also a part of the deal that could result in a doubling of the base amount.
Holland, entering his ninth season in the majors, will be playing for his fifth different team. He came up originally with the Kansas City Royals organization and evolved into one of the game’s dominant closers, winning the inaugural Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award in 2014.
The three-time All-Star debuted in Kansas City back in August of 2010 and played there through the 2015 season, helping bring the Royals a World Series Championship.
Then, after sitting out the 2016 campaign recovering from elbow surgery, Holland signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies in January of 2017. That season, he won the NL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award.
In 2018, after going through the entire spring as a free agent, Holland signed with the St Louis Cardinals on opening day to another one-year contract, but was released in August after dealing with struggles in pitch command. He spent roughly the last six weeks of the season with the Washington Nationals as a set-up man, and his numbers drastically improved.
Holland’s career stats include an earned run average of 2.86 and 189 saves in 426 appearances, striking out 547 batters.
The Arizona Diamondbacks now have a pair of local talents in their organization; former McDowell High and Lenoir Rhyne pitcher Landon Whitson was drafted by the Diamondbacks in last summer’s MLB Draft.