Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers are open to trading starter Derek Holland this offseason. The Rangers have club options on Holland over each of the next two seasons. For 2017, they can pay him $11 million to keep him around or buy him out for $1.5 million. In 2018, they can pay him $11.5 million or buy him out for $1 million.
Holland, 30, had a subpar season, finishing the regular season with a 4.95 ERA and a 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings. He missed about two months during the summer due to inflammation in his left shoulder. Holland then lost his spot in the starting rotation in late September and was not included on the Rangers’ ALDS roster against the Blue Jays.
It’s hard to imagine the Rangers getting anything of substance in return for Holland unless they pay the remaining balance on his contract.