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.
The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.
Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.
Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.