Though it took awhile, most of the big name free agents are finally off the board.
However, there are still some quality players out there, and ones that can benefit the Mets. One in particular is reliever Greg Holland, who would provide a huge boost to New York’s bullpen.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and particularly most concerning, the Washington Nationals, have shown tepid interest in the right-hander recently, but overall, he is fair game.
The 32-year-old missed the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but rebounded to notch 41 saves with the Colorado Rockies in 2017.
His best years perhaps came in 2013-14 for the Kansas City Royals where he registered a FIP of 1.36 and 1.83, respectively.
However, even though he hasn’t shown that kind of dominance in his last two full seasons, he is still a strong arm to have in the back of your bullpen.
Considering how close we are to Opening Day and how at this rate, Holland can likely be had at a large discount, the Mets need to jump into the mix.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said that the team is likely done adding Major League talent, but with how temperamental pitching is year in and year out, it is of utmost importance to have a deep staff.
Beyond 2018, Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins are all set to hit the free agent market. Of the three, it’s unlikely they will all return to Queens. Bringing in Holland on a two-year pact could help soften the blow for the future while also giving them a formidable option at the back end of the bullpen in 2018.
The Mets have some quality arms on their team already, and some with the potential to breakout this season, but it would be shrewd to bring in a proven talent like Holland to ensure the team has length in the case of an injury.
Holland is easily the most appealing reliever still on the free agent market, and at the very least, the team should be in contact with him.
The main concern is that if the Mets signed him, they would forfeit their second-highest pick and and have their international signing bonus pool reduced by $500,000. The latter would sting more, but punting a second round pick wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for a team whose track record in the second round of drafts hasn’t been all too good anyway.
What are your thoughts on the Mets and the idea of pursuing Holland?