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Cardinals close to deal with Greg Holland


Jon Heyman reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are close to a deal with closer Greg Holland. It’s apparently a done deal, with only Holland’s physical required to make things official. It’s reportedly a one-year, $14 million deal.

From the moment Holland hit free agency — before he did, actually — the Cardinals seemed like the most obvious fit for Holland. They needed a closer, having let Seung Hwan Oh, Trevor Rosenthal and Juan Nicasio walk, Holland was reported to be interested in coming to St. Louis and all that needed to happen was for them to agree on money. Except it never happened. Holland rejected the Rockies’ qualifying offer — effectively costing him over $3 million this year — the Cardinals waited Holland out all winter and now, hours before their Opening Day game, they seem poised to land him.

Holland, 32, had a solid season with the Rockies last year, saving a league-high 41 games with a 3.61 ERA and a 70/26 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings, though he slowed down as the season ended.

He’ll have to ramp up now, having had no spring training to speak of. It likely won’t be long, however, until he displaces¬†Dominic Leone, Bud Norris, Jordan Hicks, Tylor Lyons an eventually-healed Luke Gregerson or whoever else the club bluffed about being good enough to handle the job while negotiating with Holland’s agents.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.