Former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland held a showcase workout on Monday at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. The Miami Marlins were one of at least 15 teams to attend Holland’s workout, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Miami is considered to be one of the teams with the most interest along with the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox.
Kansas City chose to non-tender Holland last offseason, and he never signed with a team. He hasn’t been on the mound since September 18, 2015, when he allowed two runs in a loss to the Detroit Tigers. Holland had Tommy John surgery a month later, which kept him out for the entire 2016 season.
Holland, 31, was part of a lethal bullpen trio with Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis during Kansas City’s back-to-back World Series’ appearances in 2014 and 2015. Holland is a two-time All-Star (2013, 2014) who debuted with the Royals in 2010. He has 145 saves and 430 strikeouts in 319.2 innings pitched.
Holland has a career ERA of 2.42 and a WHIP of 1.12. He had 125 saves in the last three seasons for the Royals. Holland also won the Mariano Rivera Award in 2014, which honors the best reliever in each league.
Miami will likely need help in the bullpen, especially after they declined Fernando Rodney’s option, making him a free agent. Miami used A.J. Ramos as its closer for most of the season, but Holland could still be a potential replacement for Rodney.