Free-agent closer Greg Holland is nearing a decision and the Nationals and Rockies remain interested in signing him, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Heyman adds that a mystery team is believed to be involved as well.
Holland is one of the more intriguing relief names still available on the market, and is reportedly seeking a two-year deal that includes an opt-out after one season. He has drawn interest from multiple clubs other than Washington and Colorado, including the Dodgers, Brewers, Reds and Rays, though Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay have recently made late-inning bullpen additions and may not still be involved.
Holland missed the entirety of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, so any deal will obviously come with some risk for the signing club. That said, Holland was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball during his time with the Royals, posting a 2.42 ERA and saving 145 games for the club between 2010 and 2015.
While Holland is expected to decide soon, more important responsibilities are in his immediate future. Heyman notes that Holland will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to attend the funeral of ex-teammate Yordano Ventura, who tragically died in a car accident over the weekend.