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Diamondbacks to sign Greg Holland


Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report that the Arizona Diamondbacks are soon to sign reliever Greg Holland.

Holland split time with the Cardinals and Nationals last year, and it was as if he was two different pitchers. In St. Louis he posted a ghastly 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances while watching his strikeout rate go way down, his walk rate going way up and his hits per nine innings almost doubling. It was just a nightmare. He was released by the Cardinals on August 1 and signed with the Nationals a few days later and everything turned around: in 24 games he posted a 0.84 ERA, a 0.891 WHIP and a K/BB ratio of 25/10 in 21.1 innings.

Will the real Greg Holland stand up in 2019? The Dbacks are betting on it.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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