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Cardinals designate Greg Holland for assignment

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The Cardinals have designated reliever Greg Holland for assignment.

The Cardinals now have a week to either trade Holland or release him. Given that he’s owed a ton of money and has pitched so terribly, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to find a trade partner. Indeed, this move suggests that they were unable to get anyone particularly interested before now. Once a week is up he could be had for the league minimum, at which point a lot more teams are likely to take a chance on him as a free agent.

Holland posted a ghastly 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances with his strikeout rate going way down, his walk rate going way up and his hits per nine innings almost doubling. It’s just been a nightmare season for a guy who, last year in Colorado, led the league with 41 saves and 58 games finished while posting a 3.61 ERA and striking out 11 batters per nine. Holland rejected the Rockies’ qualifying offer, bypassing $17.4 million salary for 2018. As a result, many felt the Cardinals got a relative bargain on him. Seems not.

This is not anything anyone would’ve expected before the season began, when Holland was signed to a one-year, $14 million deal, but I suppose a lot of things that have happened to the Cardinals this year is not what was expected.

 

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.