This past offseason has been, so far, lackluster due to the fact there haven’t been many big signings. This has brought up many rumors of a players’ strike, which seem to be highly doubtful.
One of the included big name relievers that has signed is former Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland. Ironically, Holland reportedly received a more than plentiful contract, yet he rejected it. Everyone at Rox Pile was confused as to why he rejected a three-year/$52 million deal as Noah Yingling discussed in this article. Holland’s agent is Scott Boras. Actually, the majority of the top free agents are clients of Boras, which leads me to believe this could be a problem. Major League Baseball seemed to agree today in a statement.
Scott Boras could be considered a superstar agent. He’s seemingly formed a monopoly of big-name players, including Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, and Holland. Did I also mention that these men are all still free agents? Yes, that’s correct … Scott Boras has the futures of their careers in his hands.
You may wonder why Holland rejected Colorado’s hefty contract offer … the same one that Wade Davis reportedly accepted. Scott Boras may have played a part in that. As of right now, the super agent’s clients seem to believe that he will get them more money than any team is willing to put out. Holland looks to be a firm believer in that as well. One can only think that with the promises of more money that you either hold out for more, like Martinez, or just completely reject probably the best offer you’ll get, like Holland.
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As I read the article about Holland rejecting such a large sum of money, I knew Boras had to be apart of the problem. Let’s face the fact Holland most likely won’t get a better contract than he was offered. Now I will say this Holland was great for the Rockies and he may have just shot himself in the foot. Now with Davis as closer, there doesn’t really seem to be a point as to why the Rox need Holland unless they wanted to add even more depth to the bullpen. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again the Rockies have solidified their bullpen and the money has been spent. Holland truly isn’t needed in Denver this season.
If the Rockies wanted to sign a bigger name before Spring Training, good luck. Due to Boras holding out with teams to get more money, it’s heavily and negatively affected the free agent market. We are less than 10 days left before pitchers and catchers report … and there are still way too many unsigned big names. This, however, seemingly won’t affect the Rockies as they spent early on their bullpen and seem to be happy with their lineup heading into spring training.