Colorado Rockies: Greg Holland made a mistake
This past offseason has been offbeat than past years. The Colorado Rockies have had a very interesting offseason. It started first with signing former Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta. Then once December rolled around the Rockies got serious about the bullpen signing Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis while also resigning Jake McGee. Now there’s one name that’s missing in the super bullpen: Greg Holland.
You remember that guy? You know… he was the Rockies closer last season. He put 41 saves along with 70 strikeouts in just 57 1/3 innings. That Greg Holland. I honestly thought that he’d be back this season, but it turns out that I was very wrong. In actuality, the Rockies offered him an amazing deal. When I got wind of that, I thought this is wonderful the bullpen will be exceptional and playoff ready. Once again I was wrong, Greg Holland rejected the Rockies offer. It’s quite mind boggling.
Once I got over the fact that he rejected the only known offer that he’s received this offseason, there’s one main reason why I thought he may not have signed. Mr. Scott Boras, the man I said was killing the offseason.
Boras is the agent for many of the top free agents in this year’s free agent class. Ironically, he’s only gotten two that have agreed to deals thus far. Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez both accepted the only known offers they received this offseason, and they’ve only signed them within the past week. So why would Holland not do the same?
Since these signings it appears that the free agent market is back up and running. This meaning that Boras has gotten his mojo back as a superstar agent. If Martinez and Hosmer held out until now, why didn’t Boras advise Holland to do the same? Either way, if it was Holland’s and/or Boras’ decision, they made a mistake on rejecting the Rockies offer. That doesn’t mean that Holland won’t be able to redeem himself with another team.
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Now I’m not saying that Greg Holland isn’t a good player, because he obviously is good and hewas very beneficial to the Rockies playoff push. One can only believe that the Rockies wanted him back to continue with their 2018 campaign.
All in all, it what his decision and, in my opinion, he made a big mistake. Now, who knows if Holland will get offered and if he does what teams would those be? If you analyze the teams Hosmer and Martinez are on, you can make a prediction.
As it currently stands, Greg Holland could either end up on a team that won’t reach the playoffs for a while, a team that won’t utilize him for his original position, or a team that gets him out of necessity because of an injury.
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When that happens, Holland will know he made a mistake by rejecting the Rockies offer.