Lefty starter Derek Holland has signed with the Chicago White Sox on a one-year, $6 million contract. He can earn another $1 million in performance bonuses. The deal was first reported by Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Bob Nightengale of USA Today had the dollars.
Earlier this offseason Holland said that he’d allow his former team, the Texas Rangers, match any offer he received in free agency. Despite the relatively modest size of this deal, they apparently had no interest. Then again, Holland has been limited to 35 starts over the past three seasons due to injuries, so price is not as big a problem as the simple matter of being able to count on him to stay off the DL is.
Holland was a below average pitcher in 22 games for Texas last year. While effective in short bursts here and there, he has not pitched a full season since 2013, in which he posted a 120 ERA+ over 213 innings. If he can at least eat innings going forward he can be a useful piece for the White Sox, who are rebuilding. Anything beyond that is gravy.
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.
Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.
Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.
Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.
Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.