An MLB Superstar is about to hit the free agent market.
Since free agency was introduced, there have been plenty of players who have decided to test out the market. Some players make some big money and some never play again. It’s just the landscape of the business.
It’s been reported by various news outlets that Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland will not exercise his $15 million player option and instead become a free agent.
As a result of this decision, Holland will be able to earn a big multi-year deal after his very nice comeback season in Colorado. However, this is not a home run by any means due to the fact that it will be very interesting to see how big he can make by becoming a free agent.
The world making the rounds online is that it’s time for an explosion of salaries for bullpen stars. There has been more of an emphasis on the bullpen and his agent Scott Boras believes it’s now the right time for pitchers to make more.
By looking at the history books, the two biggest bullpen deals were made last year. Aroldis Chapman got $86 million from the New York Yankees and Kenley Jansen $80 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Those details were made because of the emphasis being placed on the bullpen now and that will continue in the postseason.
A couple executives have suggested they believed Mark Melancon’s $62 million, four-year deal could be a comp for Holland. But Boras doesn’t want to place limits on it. At the end of the day, it is a case where it remains to be seen where Holland would fit into the closer hierarchy.
A change to the talks of him signing with a different team could be coming. As to why? It’s due to Holland going on record by saying that he loves Colorado, and they love him, so it’s possible he could wind up back there, just not on a one-year deal.
Boras points to Holland’s great seasons in Kansas City. By looking at the numbers, Holland made a $6 million base salary in 2017, $9 million in bonuses and will receive a $1 million buyout for declining the player option, which he earned easily via games and games finished. He also led the NL with 58 games finished after missing 2016 following Tommy John surgery.
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