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Report: Rangers open to trading Derek Holland

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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.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.