Washington Nationals: Who Should Close in 2017?
While Chapman, Melancon, and Jansen were the clear top tier relievers available this offseason, they weren’t the only good options. One guy who remains available and has become forgotten in a way, is former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland.
In 2013, Holland posted a 1.21 ERA and was third in saves. In 2014, Holland nearly duplicated his success. He recorded a 1.44 ERA and finished third in saves yet again, but Holland struggled in 2015. He posted a 3.83 ERA recording only 32 saves, and then underwent Tommy John surgery in late September, ending his season, and the entire 2016 season.
The question is does he still have that elite closer in him?
Only he can answer that and, while he may a bit of a risk, he may be one worth taking. Considering that he’s been out of the game for a year, Holland should be getable for a one-year/$10 million deal.
It could be a one-year “prove it deal.” However, if the Nationals decide that they want some support for Holland, they could also add reliever Brad Ziegler.