Derek Holland will let Rangers match any offer he receives in free agency

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Free agent starter Derek Holland was recently on 105.3 The Fan’s Ben and Skin Show in Dallas. The lefty said he would let the Rangers match any offer he receives in free agency. The Dallas Morning News provides the direct quote:

It would be weird to go somewhere else but at the same time I’ve heard it many times, a special person told me, (former manager Ron Washington) was telling me, it might be good for you to have a change of scenery. And who knows, I might go somewhere else and they trade me back to the Rangers. We don’t know what lies ahead. I told J.D. when I get offered something, I want to throw that to them and see if they want to compete with it or whatnot. I want to give the Rangers a chance, no matter what. I’m always going to leave that door open. I’m not closing that door. If they close the door, then fine, I guess I have to close the door. But as far as I know it’s still open and I’m leaving it open for them as well.

Holland, 30, has been limited to 35 starts over the past three seasons due to injuries. But he still stands to draw interest in free agency as the market, particularly for starting pitchers, is weak.

The Pirates have been reported to have interest in Holland.

Phillies pick up Matt Strahm with 2-year deal

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PHILADELPHIA — Left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm joined the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-year deal, the team announced.

The 31-year-old free agent was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 2022 season, with a 3.83 ERA in 50 appearances, striking out 52, giving up 17 walks and allowing just five home runs.

Strahm has been a reliever and a starter over his seven seasons in the MLB, playing for Kansas City and San Diego before landing in Boston.

The Phillies did not say how much Strahm’s deal was worth in the news release.

After falling short in the World Series to the Houston Astros, Philadelphia has been on an offseason spending spree, picking up shortstop Trea Turner and right-handed starter Taijuan Walker.