AP source: Holland, Nats agree in principle on minors deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Greg Holland and the Washington Nationals are giving it another go, the latest in a long series of moves aimed at helping the team's struggling bullpen.
Diamondbacks DFA reliever Holland
PHOENIX (AP) — Relief pitcher Greg Holland, a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves in 2017 with 41, was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Arizona...
Young, Diamondbacks to take on Yamamoto, Marlins on Saturday
Arizona Diamondbacks (52-52, third in the NL West) vs. Miami Marlins (39-62, fifth in the NL East)
Miami; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Alex Young (3-0, 2.38...
Walk this way: Dodgers beat D-backs 5-4 on 5 straight walks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers couldn't believe what they were seeing. Neither could Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland.
Trailing 4-3 and down to their last out, Cody Bellinger's bases-loaded...
Merrill Kelly, D-Backs blank Phillies in crisp 3-hitter
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Merrill Kelly is pitching more like an ace than a 30-year-old rookie.
Kelly tossed three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia...
Peralta, Marte lift Diamondbacks over Braves 3-2 in 10
PHOENIX (AP) — After playing 13 innings on the road the day before, a long game with a taxed bullpen was about the last thing the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted Thursday night.
Kelly’s hit lifts D-backs in 9th, Red Sox fall to 2-8
PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly drilled a single into the left field corner, scoring Nick Ahmed with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks over the struggling Boston Red Sox...
Greg Holland to close for Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Greg Holland is back in a familiar role as the Arizona Diamondbacks' closer.
"I'm comfortable in the ninth inning, so I'm glad I get the opportunity to do it again," said...
After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker's salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million...
Boxberger made it to KC, 13 years after Royals drafted him
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Brad Boxberger made it to Royals, 13 years later than Kansas City first envisioned.
Kansas City selected the right-hander in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft from Foothill High School in North Tustin, California. He opted to go to Southern Cal, and Cincinnati took him three years later with the 43rd overall pick.
Holland, Diamondbacks finalize $3.25 million deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Reliever Greg Holland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized their $3.25 million, one-year contract.
A 33-year-old right-hander, Holland was 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA with St. Louis and Washington last season, when he earned $14 million. He has a 2.83 ERA in eight major league seasons.
He can earn an additional $3.5 million in performance bonuses: $1 million for games and $2.5 million for games finished.
AP sources: Holland, Diamondbacks reach $3.25 million deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Two people familiar with the negotiations say reliever Greg Holland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced. The deal allows Holland to earn an additional $3.5 million in bonuses.
Cards hope a healthy Miller reverses recent relief trend
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals hope a healthy Andrew Miller can help reverse their recent luck with new relievers.
Coming off a series of injuries, Miller got a two-year deal with the Cardinals last month. Recent relief signings haven't worked out too well for St. Louis — Brett Cecil, Luke Gregerson and Greg Holland weren't able to replicate their past success.
Soto HR in 10th gives Nats doubleheader sweep over Phils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Soto made a leaping catch in foul territory in the first game of a doubleheader and ended eight hours of baseball with a milestone homer in the second game.
Both plays from the talented teen keyed a sensational sweep for the Nationals.
Soto hit a solo home run in the 10th inning, his second of the game, to lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday night.
Gaffe by pinch-running pitcher costs Phils, Nats win 5-4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez was aggressive at the wrong time.
Velasquez, a pinch-running pitcher, was called out for leaving second base early while tagging up, resulting in a game-ending double play that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
After Aaron Nola outpitched Max Scherzer for the second time in six days in a matchup of NL Cy Young Award contenders, the Phillies watched Washington rally for three runs in the ninth to take a 5-3 lead.
Nationals sign veteran reliever Holland for stretch run
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hope veteran reliever Greg Holland can return to form and use his postseason experience to help Washington make a playoff run of its own.
Holland has appeared in 12 postseason games, including the 2014 World Series with Kansas City. That, along with his 186 career saves, was more important to Washington than the 7.92 ERA he had with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed struggling reliever Greg Holland on the disabled list with a right hip impingement.
The Cardinals made the move Saturday after Holland's ERA ballooned to 9.45 following a bumpy inning of work Friday night in an 8-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holland, a three-time All Star, allowed two runs on three hits. He has surrendered two runs in each of his last four appearances.
Manager Mike Matheny gave no timetable for Holland's possible return.
Hererra homers to help Phillies beat Cardinals 7-6
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odubel Herrera has been finding his way on base all season for the Phillies.
On Saturday, he propelled them to a win with a homer and three RBIs in Philadelphia's 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I'm feeling good, feeling comfortable," Herrera said. "Just being part of the team and being part of the win."
He extended his streak of reaching base to 45 consecutive games with his third inning home run.
Holland out, Norris in as Cardinals closer for now
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Holland is out as the Cardinals' closer, and Bud Norris is in.
John Mozeliak, the team's president of baseball operations, made the announcement Tuesday.
The Cardinals signed Holland to a one-year, $14 million deal on opening day and the three-time All-Star is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 10 appearances. He has one blown save, which came Friday in Pittsburgh when St. Louis was leading 5-2 in the ninth inning.
Marte’s 11th-inning single rallies Pirates over Cardinals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals seemingly had this game won.
They led 5-0 after five innings and Miles Mikolas was on his way to raising his record to 4-0. Then it all fell apart as Greg Holland blew his first save opportunity with his new team.
Starling Marte's game-ending single in the 11th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory on Friday night.
Holland walks in lead run in Cards debut, Brewers win in 10
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Holland's debut for the St. Louis Cardinals was a dud.
Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run Monday night that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
"It's hard to walk four guys and consider it a success," Holland said. "I struggled with my command. I felt good and just put myself in a tough spot.
"There's really no excuse for walking four guys in a row," he said.
Cards add closer Greg Holland, set to make St. Louis debut
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Holland is all set to make his debut as the new closer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals recalled Holland from the minors in time for Monday night's game against Milwaukee, and the All-Star righty said he was ready to pitch.
DeJong’s 1st multihomer game leads Cards over Mets 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul DeJong made the right decision to give up the scalpel, trumpet and piano to concentrate on baseball.
A rising star on the St. Louis Cardinals, the 24-year-old shortstop had the first multihomer game of his young big league career Sunday and helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-1 to avoid an opening three-game sweep.
Cardinals finish Holland deal, put reliever Cecil on DL
NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals completed their deal with free-agent closer Greg Holland on Saturday and put left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 10-day disabled list with a strained pitching shoulder.
The Cardinals made the moves Saturday before playing the Mets in the second game of the season. They called up left-hander Ryan Sherriff from Triple-A Memphis and transferred righty Alex Reyes from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL.
AP source: Holland, Cards reach $14 million, 1-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Less than two hours before the start of their season, the St. Louis Cardinals found a closer.
Greg Holland and the Cardinals agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract Thursday, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical and had not been announced.
Clark: Some free agents may not get deals until season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baseball union head Tony Clark says it is possible some free agents may not agree to contracts until after the start of the regular season.
More than four dozen players remain without deals from among the 166 who exercised free agent rights last November, and the total seeking jobs is much greater when released players, non-tender free agents and minor league free agents are included.
Royals bullpen remains a question with camp opening
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals had the most feared bullpen in the majors in 2014 and '15 with Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera helping them advance to back-to-back World Series.
That's no longer the case entering 2018. The back end of the bullpen remains unsettled as Royals opened spring training on Tuesday with pitchers and catchers reporting.
Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax law change
NEW YORK (AP) — Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes.
Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting Jan. 1 for married couples filing jointly. That has a huge impact for athletes with seven- and eight-figure salaries.
Parade of relievers keeping rolling as winter meetings end
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Much like the postseason, the baseball winter meetings became a parade of relievers.
Steve Cishek and Fernando Rodney were on the move Thursday, joining Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith and other setup men, middlemen and specialists going to new teams this week.
The bullpen gates figure to keep swinging open, too. Closers Wade Davis and Greg Holland are still available.
Winter meetings warm up fast: Gregerson, relievers in demand
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Now that Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton picked their new places to play, baseball bosses checked into the winter meetings primed to make moves that had been bottled up for weeks.
The market for relievers quickly warmed Sunday, even before many teams got down to business.
Luke Gregerson found a spot in the St. Louis bullpen, and Brandon Morrow could be closing for the Cubs. Still available: free agents Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Brandon Kintzler.
A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.
The decision was first reported by former New York Daily News columnist Bill Madden.
Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.
Rockies’ Holland, Royals’ Moustakas win comeback awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado closer Greg Holland has been voted NL Comeback Player of the Year and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas has been selected AL Comeback Player of the Year.
After missing the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Holland was 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA and 41 saves. The 32-year-old right-hander tied with Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second-most in the major leagues, six behind Tampa Bay's Alex Colome.
Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain, Arrieta among 9 with $17.4M offers
NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday.
Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana.
Monday’s baseball: Hosmer among coveted free agents
New York — Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday.
Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, Rockies closer Greg Holland, Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn and Indians first baseman Carlos Santana.
Holland declines $15M option with Rockies, goes free
DENVER (AP) — All-Star closer Greg Holland has become a free agent after declining to exercise his $15 million player option with the Colorado Rockies.
Holland bolstered Colorado's bullpen this year by saving a franchise record-tying 41 games in his first season since Tommy John surgery.
Arenado powers Rockies to slump-ending win over Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nolan Arenado trotted out his home run and looked up as he crossed home plate.
With one swing from their cleanup man, the Colorado Rockies buried a long scoreless streak Friday night, then went on to a 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Ian Desmond and Trevor Story also homered for Colorado, which had dropped consecutive shutouts and was sputtering again before Arenado's leadoff homer, his 35th, ended a 23-inning drought in the fifth.
Holland drops ball on Padres’ squeeze, Rockies lose 4-3
DENVER (AP) — Rockies closer Greg Holland stretched as far as he could, getting his glove on Matt Szczur as the Padres baserunner dove across the plate.
Holland got there for the tag. Just not with the baseball.
Holland dropped the ball trying to tag Szczur on Austin Hedge's squeeze bunt, allowing San Diego to finish its rally and beat Colorado 4-3 on Sunday.
"It's one of those I wish I had back because he was definitely out if the ball didn't come out of my glove," Holland said.
Story, Arenado help Rockies hold off Giants 9-6
DENVER (AP) — Bud Black received quite a workout strolling to the mound for so many pitching changes.
And yet this was exactly how the Colorado manager envisioned the night going — using plenty of arms and the bats springing to life.
Holland picks up save in Rockies’ 3-2 victory over Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Colorado manager Bud Black expressed faith in Greg Holland before the game, saying he did not intend to remove his struggling closer from that role.
Holland was summoned to protect a one-run lead Thursday and he worked a flawless ninth for his 36th save as the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2.
Holland allowed Eric Hosmer's game-ending, three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night and was 0-4 with three blown saves in his previous six appearances.
Pat Valaika homers in 8th, Rockies rally to beat Royals 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pat Valaika hit a two-run homer with two out in the eighth inning and Greg Holland finished for his 36th save in the Colorado Rockies' 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Valaika snapped an 0-for-12 slide, driving a full-count pitch from Mike Minor (5-6) to left after Gerardo Parra singled.
Hosmer 3-run HR with 2 outs in 9th, Royals beat Rockies 6-4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer got a lot of close-up looks at Greg Holland over the years. So when it came time to face his former Kansas City teammate, Hosmer remembered what to do.
And what not to do, too.
Hosmer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Holland, lifting the Royals over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Aguilar’s go-ahead HR in 9th lifts Brewers over Rockies 6-3
DENVER (AP) — Jesus Aguilar went to the plate as a pinch-hitter, ready for a steady diet of breaking balls from Greg Holland. Colorado's closer obliged, and the big right-hander made him pay with a game-turning drive.
Aguilar connected for a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Rockies 6-3 Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.