After the Rockies signed Wade Davis to a $52 million deal, other playoff contenders have turned their attention to the best closer remaining on the market: former Rockie Greg Holland.
According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Davis' former team, the Cubs, and Nationals are now in the picture.
An earlier report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman suggested that the Astros could also be a landing spot for Holland.
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Holland, 32, had an excellent bounceback season after missing 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was an All-Star and named National League Comeback Player of the Year after holding a 3.61 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings and leading the NL with 41 saves.
The Cubs have already bolstered their bullpen by signing right-handers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek, but could use another late-inning arm after the departures of Davis, Hector Rondon, Koji Uehara and Brian Duensing.
The Nationals also recently addressed the back of their bullpen by trading for Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler at the last Trade Deadline and re-signing Kintzler in December. But Holland would become the most dominant reliever of the group and give the Nationals one of the deepest setup corps in baseball.
Houston would be an interesting fit as it already has an established closer in Ken Giles.
However, according to Heyman, several members of the Astros front office see closer as a position of need. Despite holding a 2.30 ERA during the regular season, Giles had a 11.74 postseason ERA, and manager
A.J. Hinch eschewed him to close out clinching games with starting pitchers.