Report: Nationals in discussions with Greg Holland

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The Nationals have reportedly engaged in contract negotiations with free agent reliever Greg Holland, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. A deal hasn’t been finalized just yet, however, nor has the team confirmed the report.

Holland, 32, was released from the Cardinals last Wednesday after failing to log a single save in seven save chances and pitching to a career-worst 7.92 ERA, 7.9 BB/9 and 7.9 SO/9 in 25 innings — a performance that was undeniably hampered after he missed nearly four weeks with a right hip impingement. The right-hander looked no better during a brief rehab stint in the minors, and appeared to be a far way off from replicating the All-Star numbers and NL-best 47 saves he amassed with the Rockies in 2017. Still, he could yet provide some value to a bullpen that currently ranks 10th-worst in the majors with a cumulative 3.65 ERA and 1.7 fWAR this season (and whose closer is currently laid up with a stress reaction in his left foot).

Recent struggles notwithstanding, Holland’s track record attracted considerable interest around the league in the days following his release from the Cardinals. According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, five or six unidentified teams have already come calling for the closer. It helps, too, that Holland successfully passed through waivers last week, so any interested party will be able to restructure a new deal with the righty rather than paying off the rest of the $14 million salary the Cardinals agreed to at the start of the season.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.