Reliever Greg Holland underwent Tommy John surgery in early October, which will keep him out of action for the 2016 season. Understandably, the Royals non-tendered him in December rather than pay him a raise through the arbitration process.
The Royals still have interest in re-signing the right-hander, GM Dayton Moore said, as Rustin Dodd reported for the Kansas City Star.
“He’s a home-grown player,” Moore said. “We’ve always believed in him. He’s been a very successful part of our team. We would love to be able to have him here as part of our future.”
Holland, 30, was hampered by the damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. He lost more than 2 MPH on his average fastball velocity from 2014 to ’15. With that, his strikeout rate declined by more than 12 percent and his walk rate increased more than five percent. All told, in 44 2/3 innings, he saved 32 games with a 3.83 ERA and a 49/26 K/BB ratio. He was a shell of the pitcher who posted a 1.80 ERA or lower in three of the previous four seasons.
Still, with a year to recuperate from surgery, Holland may be able to reclaim some or all of his previous magic and the Royals seem to be happy if he would do that wearing their uniform.