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Greg Holland Returns to Kansas City

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The Kansas City Royals announced that reliever Greg Holland has signed a deal with the club. Greg Holland returns to Kansas City after spending the shortened 2020 regular season with the Royals. The deal is for one year and is worth $2.75M.

Holland was drafted by Kansas City in 2007 and made his MLB debut during the 2010 season. He then spent the next six seasons with the Royals. During that stretch, he was an All-Star twice and was a key piece in the bullpen that helped lead to both World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015.

Holland missed the 2016 season due to injury and then signed with the Colorado Rockies. With the Rockies in 2017, Holland was struggling and gave up his most earned runs in his career that year, though he still led his league in saves and made the All-Star Game. He then signed with the Cardinals for the 2018 season and struggled. In 32 games, his ERA in St. Louis was 7.92, which led to his release. Holland then spent parts of the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Washington and Arizona.

Holland returned to Kansas City in 2020 as a non-roster invite for spring training. Holland capped off a solid campaign, appearing in 28 games, notching six saves, and having an ERA of 1.91.

Greg Holland Returns: What This Means for Royals

With Holland returning to Kansas City, this now gives them another arm in the bullpen. KC has struggled over the past couple of seasons finding shut down arms in the pen.

There is also a question mark surrounding who will be the closer for KC in 2021, with players like Tyler Zuber, Josh Staumont, and Jesse Hahn fighting for that spot. Now that Greg Holland returns, it seems that he may be in line for the closer role or a set-up position.

Greg Holland Returns: Final Thoughts

Greg Holland rejoining the Royals now adds a needed veteran arm to the KC pen. The team is still very young, and having someone like Greg Holland who has a ten-year career in the Major Leagues will help this team. While Greg Holland returns, Kansas City must add some more pieces to their bullpen to help their young core.

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