White Sox to release Derek Holland

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The White Sox announced that they have placed lefty Derek Holland on waivers with the intention of giving him his outright release.

Holland signed with the White Sox in December, and Chicago was likely hoping he’d have a nice first half after which he could be flipped to a contender at the deadline. That plan looked pretty good early on as Holland went 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA in the season’s first month and, by the end of May, was still sporting a 2.37 ERA. Since June hit, however,  e’s posted an unspeakably bad 9.32 ERA and has allowed 23 homers in 19 games, 16 of which were starts.

There was no future for him in Chicago, either as a starter or in the pen. Now his big league future is up in the air too. I suspect he’ll be signing a minor league deal this winter and will have to pitch his way on to a roster in spring training.