Greg Holland struggled in St. Louis in 2018, putting up a 7.92 ERA, a 4.56 FIP, 22 walks, and 22 Ks in 25 innings before the Cardinals, who’d signed him to a 1-year/$14M deal, released the right-handed reliever. Holland then signed with the Washington Nationals, putting up a 0.84 ERA, a 2.97 FIP, 10 walks, and 25 Ks in 21 1⁄3 IP down the stretch.
So, when the 2019 Nationals’ bullpen got off to a horrendous start to the season, GM Mike Rizzo was asked, in a May interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies, why he did not try to bring Holland back.
“People forget Holland was a guy we picked up mid-season last year and made him from a player that the Cardinals released, making a lot of money, to a very valuable pitcher for us down the stretch,” Rizzo explained.
“He was a guy that we talked to, we tried to sign, we just couldn’t get it done.”
Holland ended up taking a 1-year/$3.5M free agent deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but after the 33-year-old, nine-year veteran put up a 4.54 ERA, a 4.76 FIP, 24 walks, and 41 Ks in 35 2⁄3 IP, saving 17 games, the D-backs released him this week, and according to a report by MLB.com’s Jamal Collier this afternoon, the Nationals are working on a deal to bring the reliever back for another run in the nation’s capital if he can show he still has something left.