Fantasy Alert: Greg Holland named DBacks closer
Despite owning a 12.27 ERA this spring, Greg Holland has secured the closer role for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019.
Right-handers Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano will be the setup men in front of Holland.
Holland, 33, signed a one-year deal with Arizona this offseason after spending the 2018 season with the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals and going 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA and three saves in 56 appearances.
In 2017, Holland saved a National League-tying 41 games for the Colorado Rockies. Before that, with the Kansas City Royals, Holland had a 1.80 ERA in 2011, a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves in 2013, and a 1.44 ERA with 46 saves in 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2015 and missed the 2016 season.
It’s hard to envision success for Holland in Arizona. The team is going to be at the bottom of the division this season and the former All-Star is clearly a shell of his former self. In deeper leagues, he may be worth a flier–but his numbers last year and more specifically this spring are scary to any fantasy owner. Sure, it’s only Spring Training, but I would take a wait-and-see approach rather than running to the waiver wire to scoop him up.
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