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Greg Holland expected to decline 2018 option, become free agent


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that reliever Greg Holland is expected to pass over his half of his 2018 mutual option worth $10 million to become a free agent. In doing so, he will receive $1 million per his buyout clause.

Holland, 31, had a solid 2017 campaign with the Rockies after missing the entire previous season. He finished with an NL-best 41 saves, as well as a 3.61 ERA with a 70/26 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings. Pitching half his games at Coors Field didn’t mess with his numbers too much as he put up a higher ERA on the road (3.90) than at home (3.34).

Holland was money in the first half (1.62) but struggled in the second half (6.38). That will be something interested teams will consider this offseason, but it’s still likely he will be able to procure a multi-year deal.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.