MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports that the Nationals are close to an agreement with reliever Greg Holland on a minor league contract.
Holland, 33, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and released on Sunday. In 35 2/3 innings of work, the veteran right-hander compiled 17 saves with a 4.54 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 24 walks.
The Nationals likely look at Holland fondly, however, because he was excellent for them down the stretch last year after the club signed him following his release from the Cardinals in August. In a Nats uniform, Holland gave up just two runs on nine hits and 10 walks with 25 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. He’ll now try to recapture that magic for a second time.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.