The Washington Nationals have signed reliever Greg Holland.
Holland posted a ghastly 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances with the Cardinals while watching his strikeout rate go 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. That did not, of course, turn out to be the case.
The Nats are counting on a change of scenery to bolster their bullpen which has missed closer Sean Doolittle since he went down with a stress reaction in his foot a month ago. The pen is also shorthanded because the Nats traded two relievers recently because they didn’t like the cut of their jibs or whatever. Specifically, Shawn Kelley, traded after he had a little mound tantrum and glared at the manager, and Brandon Kintzler, traded for allegedly snitchin’ to the press.
The Nats currently trail the division-leading Phillies by 5.5 games.