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White Sox to release Derek Holland

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The White Sox announced that they have placed lefty Derek Holland on waivers with the intention of giving him his outright release.

Holland signed with the White Sox in December, and Chicago was likely hoping he’d have a nice first half after which he could be flipped to a contender at the deadline. That plan looked pretty good early on as Holland went 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA in the season’s first month and, by the end of May, was still sporting a 2.37 ERA. Since June hit, however,  e’s posted an unspeakably bad 9.32 ERA and has allowed 23 homers in 19 games, 16 of which were starts.

There was no future for him in Chicago, either as a starter or in the pen. Now his big league future is up in the air too. I suspect he’ll be signing a minor league deal this winter and will have to pitch his way on to a roster in spring training.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.