Free-agent pitcher and Ohio native Derek Holland is returning to the San Francisco Giants with a one-year deal worth $7 million, according to multiple reports.
Holland reportedly told MLB Network Radio earlier this month that the Cincinnati Reds had contacted him during this offseason.
The 32-year-old Holland has a 76-73 record and 4.44 ERA in 10 big-league seasons, but last season – his first with the Giants as well as his first in the National League – he was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 36 appearances, including 30 starts. And he allowed just 19 home runs in 171 1/3 innings, his best HR/IP (1.0) in a season with 10 or more appearances since 2013.
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In November, MLB Trade Rumors predicted destinations for the 50 players it considered the top free agents of the offseason, and Holland and free-agent pitcher Matt Harvey – who signed last month with the Los Angeles Angels – were the two on the list projected as Reds.
The Reds already have upgraded their starting rotation this offseason, according to many experts, by acquiring Alex Wood via trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and dealing with the Washington Nationals for Tanner Roark.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Monday that trade talks with New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray have “ramped up,” with the Reds one of at least six teams involved.
Dick Williams talks about adding Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer in a trade and what impact they can make with the Reds.
Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer