Upon arriving in San Diego, the Kansas City Royals have made Greg Holland and Wade Davis available, according to Bob Elliot of The Toronto Sun. Elliot notes that Holland is available but the Royals are asking for a significant amount in return, and that the Blue Jays have already shown a significant amount of interest.
Holland was 1-3 with a 1.44 ERA and 1.83 FIP in 62.1 innings pitched last season. He converted 46 of 48 saves for the defending American League champions, and held opposing hitters to a .170 average for a second consecutive season. Holland is eligible for arbitration, and is an option for teams looking for a closer. The small market for setup men and closers should make Holland attractive at this week's Winter Meetings.
While Elliot cites a source familiar with the situation saying that "they are asking for a lot," Kansas City will likely pursue a starting pitcher in return. With James Shields testing the free agent market, the Royals are looking to add a front of the rotation arm. Holland has saved 113 games in his major league career, and has posted a career 2.19 ERA and 2.06 FIP.
The Blue Jays, who are looking to find a closer this week, are reportedly pursuing Holland. He will likely get expensive in his final two years of team control, but Toronto might prefer acquiring Holland over giving a large contract to free agent David Robertson, who Houston is interested in.
Holland could be dealt rather quickly, however the Royals are only fielding offers for Davis. In 72 innings with the Royals last season, Davis posted a 1.00 ERA and 1.19 FIP. Some of the better late-inning relievers are available through trades, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week.
Kansas City is seeking outfield help as well, and will use either Holland and Davis as trade chips to add an outfielder or starting pitcher. Nothing appears imminent, and considering they are looking to contend in 2015, the Royals don't have to move either of the two if they can't find a deal they like.