The signing of Wade Davis this Friday by the Colorado Rockies could set a chain reaction for the signing of fellow closer and former teammate Greg Holland.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the St. Louis Cardinals are a possible destination for Holland with Davis off the board and the team losing some pen options in Juan Nicasio, Zach Duke, and Trevor Rosenthal.
The Cardinals also signed Luke Gregerson this winter, and if they sign Holland they would be the one, two punch the team needs in the bullpen.
Also, Jon Heyman indicated the Nationals are also a team looking strongly into Holland. The Nats already have several solid arms at the back end of their bullpen, but they could be looking for more. The National League East champs have inquired about Greg Holland -- the top closer left on the free-agent market now that Yahoo Sports is reporting Wade Davis has agreed to a deal with the Rockies--, informed Heyman.
According to Heyman, the Nats like Holland a lot. And that interest should only heat up now that Davis is headed to Colorado. Washington had been interested in Davis, too, per the report, and now that option is off the table.
Holland saved 41 games for Colorado in 2017, tying Kenley Jansen for the league lead. Returning from Tommy John surgery that had kept him out for the entire '16 season, the 32-year-old was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. The Nationals also pursued Holland last year before he ended up with the Rockies, and a source told Heyman that general manager Mike Rizzo badly wanted to sign him.
Holland would be a big addition to a Nationals bullpen that already includes Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madsonand the recently re-signed Brandon Kintzler. Washington is coming off back-to-back division titles, and four in the last six years, but the franchise has yet to win its first postseason series. Several playoff teams have notably ridden stacked bullpens in recent years, including the Yankees this past season, the Indians the last two years and the Royals in 2014 (with Holland) and '15.
According to Heyman, free agent Addison Reed could also be a fit for the Nats. The competition could be stiff for Holland now that Davis has been snapped up. The Cubs, Davis' 2017 team, as well as the Orioles (with Zach Britton injured) could also be seeking a closer.