The New York Yankees aren’t expected to make a gigantic splash in the free agent market, but they will try to fill the holes they have on the team as frugally as possible.
Even if that means taking a chance on a pitcher a year removed from Tommy John Surgery.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the New York Yankees along with the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants are interested in former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland’s agent, the infamous Scott Boras, said Holland can currently throw in the mid 90’s and he will have a showcase within the next week. All the teams listed above (minus the Royals) are scheduled to attend.
Holland missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery toward the end of 2015. He struggled that season while pitching through a UCL tear, notching a 3.83 ERA and a 5.2 BB/9. His velocity was also slower in 2015; his fastball averaged at 88 MPH versus the normal 90 MPH.
If Holland is truly healthy, it would be the first time in quite a bit. However, since he’ll be well removed from Tommy John Surgery by March, it’s expected he’d have legitimate interest.
The Yankees are currently looking for bullpen help after Dellin Betances was erratic as the Yankees closer following the trade of Andrew Miller. The team is currently interested in Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but if the team is unable to acquire either, you would think Holland would be a cheap alternative for the Yankees bullpen.