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Giants designate Derek Holland


The Giants have designated left-hander Derek Holland for assignment, per an official announcement on Sunday. In a series of corresponding roster moves, lefty Ty Blach was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, infielder Ryder Jones was designated for release, and southpaw Conner Menez and infielder Zach Green were both selected from Triple-A.

Holland, 32, struggled to find his footing in his second go-round with the Giants. He labored through seven starts at the start of the year, but after posting four losses and a 6.75 ERA, the club shifted him to the bullpen. It proved to be a difficult adjustment, however, and the lefty finished his run with a cumulative 5.90 ERA, 4.6 BB/9, 9.3 SO/9, and -0.8 fWAR across 68 2/3 innings — a far cry from the 3.57 ERA and 2.2 fWAR he delivered in 2018. The nail in the coffin may have been his performance during a blowout 11-4 loss to the Mets on Saturday, during which he allowed four runs, four walks, and two homers in one inning of relief.

Whether or not Holland finds another landing place in the majors this year remains to be seen, but given his recent performance — and a tiff with the front office this spring — it’s almost certain he’ll pass through waivers unclaimed. The Giants, meanwhile, will eat the estimated $2.67 million remaining on the one-year, $7 million deal they orchestrated in January.

Yankees, Brett Gardner reunite on one-year, $12.5 million deal

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George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner are back together on a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The deal includes a second year option worth $20 million.

Gardner, 36, is coming off of the strongest offensive season of his career, batting .251/.325/.503 with 28 home runs, 74 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases over 550 plate appearances. While he has certainly lost a step or two with age, he still rates as an above-average defensive corner outfielder as well.

As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, the Yankees also value Gardner — a veteran of 12 seasons — for his leadership, especially with CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius gone.

Bringing Gardner back into the fold allows Giancarlo Stanton to remain the full-time DH. Gardner will return to left field with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge reprising their roles in center and right, respectively.