Former major leaguer and current FOX Sports contributor C.J. Nitkowski argues that the American League champion Royals should trade All-Star closer Greg Holland.
The Royals aren’t expected to expand their payroll much at all. Nitkowski points out that Holland will be entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility and should be expected to see a significant jump from his 2014 salary of $4.675 million. The Royals also have a bushel of other arbitration cases to deal with, including those of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain.
With Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Brandon Finnegan next in line, the Royals should be able to withstand the loss of Holland, Nitkowski suggestions, and they’ll be able to get a decent prospect or a major league-ready player.
Holland has been among the best closers in baseball, posting a 1.32 ERA with 93 saves and a 193/38 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings since the start of the 2013 season. He’ll turn 29 in November, but relievers are notoriously tough to predict on a year-in, year-out basis. The Royals certainly have a tough choice to make, as they don’t have a whole lot of room to work with given their middling payroll.