Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Holland Signs Deal For $4.675 Million With The Kansas City Royals



The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with their star closer Greg Holland, signing him for $4.675 million for the 2014 season.

According to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, via twitter, the Royals were more than a million dollars apart in what they offered for arbitration in comparison to what Holland asked for.





Moore and Holland met in the middle, and got the deal done, avoiding the tedious arbitration process.

Holland produced the most dominating season ever in franchise history for a Royals closer. Not only did he set the record for saves in a season with 47, but he had a microscopic ERA of 1.21, and a tiny WHIP of .866.

He made great strides improving his control. In 2012, his Base on Balls per 9 innings was 4.6 but he trimmed that number nearly in half by producing a BB/9 of 2.4 in 2013. His strikeout numbers last season were mind boggling. He whiffed 103 batters in 67 innings for a K/9 Ratio of 13.8.

The biggest concern with Holland, other than his size and his max effort delivery, is that it will be nearly impossible for him to match such incredible numbers in 2014. He was so good for the Royals last season, converting on 47 of 50 save chances, there most certainly will be regression in 2014. The Royals have to hope that regression is slight, and not huge.

The Royals have now settled all cases that could have gone to arbitration. They have spent quite a bit of money on their bullpen. Luke Hochevar will be making $5.2 million, Wade Davis $4.8, Aaron Crow $1.475, Tim Collins $1.36, and now $4.675 for Holland. That is $1705 million, not even considering Bruce Chen, who should (but won’t) start out in the bullpen at $4.8 million.

These guys better be lights out.

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