2018 Season

Mets considering signing free agent closer Greg Holland

The Mets are considering signing free agent closer Greg Holland, according to Matt Ehalt.

The 32-year old righty has emerged as one of the league’s premier relievers since he made his major league debut with the Royals in 2010, going as far as appearing in two All-Star games and placing ninth in American League Cy Young voting in 2013 and 2014. Holland pitched a 2.42 ERA and 2.23 FIP while making 145 saves.

Holland underwent Tommy John at the end of the 2015 season and missed the entirety of the 2016 season. Holland signed with the Rockies in 2017 and returned to his dominant form. Holland pitched for a 3.61 ERA and an 3.72 FIP in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. He also made 41 saves, tied for the most saves by National League closers last season.

If the Mets were to sign Holland, they would relinquish their 2018 second-round draft pick and $500,000 in international draft pool money to the Rockies.

Several postseason clubs have followed the philosophy of building a very strong bullpen in order to make a deep run in October. Holland’s price tag will be very cheap for a pitcher of his value at this point, so if the Mets are willing to sacrifice a high draft pick, this deal could pay dividends if the Mets find themselves in a playoff push late in the season.

3/29 Edit: The Cardinals have emerged as frontrunners to sign Holland and are very close to striking a deal.

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