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Diamondbacks designate Greg Holland for assignment


The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated Greg Holland for assignment.

Holland led the league in saves just two years ago and, after a rough start to 2018 seemed to turn things around after a midseason trade to the Nationals. That got him his job with Arizona, but it hasn’t gone well. He was demoted from the closer’s role ten days ago after going 17-for-22 in save situations and has allowed five runs in three appearances since then. His ERA for the season has ballooned to 4.54 to go along with an unacceptably high walk rate.

Holland will almost certainly clear waivers and hit the free agent market in a few days. Whether anyone takes a chance on him is hard to say.

Fun fact: Holland’s deal with the Dbacks was an incentive-laden one. Lots of bonuses for games finished and games pitched. His last appearance for them came this last Monday. It was one inning of mopup duty in a loss to Philly. It was also his 40th appearance of the year which earned him a $100,000 bonus.

I wonder if the thinking was (a) “hey, let’s do him a solid;” (b) “let’s not cut him right before an incentive because he might file a grievance;” or (c) a total baseball decision, after which someone in the front office asked themselves why they’re running a guy out there who can make hundreds of thousands of dollars via just normal usage as the Snakes play out the string, thus prompting today’s transaction. I suppose there are other explanations too, but this is the kind of stuff that runs through my mind.

I know some people with the Dbacks and they seem pretty nice so I’m gonna assume (a), even if we never know.

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.