Colorado Rockies: The 5 best free agent signings in franchise history
By Kevin Henry
Signed in 2017
Perhaps there was no free agent signing by the Rockies in recent memory that was as much “high-risk, high-reward” as when Colorado inked closer Greg Holland to a one-year deal prior to the 2017 season.
Coming off Tommy John surgery, no one was sure what Holland would bring as a reliever. However, Holland exceeded all expectations, leading all of Major League Baseball with 58 finished games and pacing the National League with 41 saves.
Holland started his time in a Rockies uniform strong, going 11-for-11 in save opportunities with a 1.50 ERA in 12 April appearances. It would be part of a first half that saw him post a 1-1 mark with a 1.62 ERA and post 28 saves in 29 save opportunities.
The second half, however, would be different as Holland went 2-5 with a 6.38 ERA. That rocky end to the season was one of the reasons why the Rockies didn’t resign him and Wade Davis (another free agent signing) now serves as Colorado’s closer.