Rockies nearing deal to re-sign Greg Holland, continue to build bullpen

The Rockies have desired to keep Greg Holland as their closer and a new deal may be announced soon.

Holland, 32, has looked to cash in on his 2017 season in which he led the NL with 41 saves. A year removed from Tommy John surgery he finished the year with a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings.

According to Jon Heyman a new deal for Holland is close.

The Rockies have already been very active in free agency. Jake McGee was re-signed earlier Wednesday and the team also signed former Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw.

McGee’s deal is a three-year deal worth around $27 million which carries a fourt-year option. This past season he 3.61 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, and 58/16 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings while picking up 20 holds and three saves.

Shaw’s deal is worth $9 million a year for three years. He owns a 3.13 career ERA in 446 1/3 major league innings and he led all MLB pitchers in appearances in 2017. There was some thought that Shaw might enter the season as the Rockies closer but re-signing Holland would leave him battling McGee for the sparse saves left on Holland’s off days. Shaw earned $4.6 million last year.

UPDATE: Others are disputing Heyman’s report and insist the two sides are just talking. That the Rockies are still trying to sign Holland after re-signing McGee and adding Shaw is a clear sign towards their thoughts on 2018.

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