The Rockies and free-agent closer Greg Holland share “strong optimism” the sides will strike a deal, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman previously reported the sides were closing in on an agreement, but it appears a deal is not yet done.
If a deal is eventually finalized, it’ll be the third major bullpen addition in 24 hours for Colorado. The team agreed to terms with ex-Indians righty Bryan Shaw on a 3-year deal last night and brought back lefty Jake McGee on a 3-year deal with an option Wednesday morning.
Holland and Wade Davis are the top two relief arms available in free agency this winter, with both players expected to receive four- or five-year guarantees. The Cubs, Cardinals and others were expected to make an effort to sign Holland, though Colorado has clearly emerged as the favorite.
Holland, 32, was an All-Star for Colorado this year, working to a 3.61 ERA while saving 41 games in 61 appearances. The former Royal signed a one-year, $7 million deal with Colorado in late January after missing an entire season due to Tommy John surgery and thrived in high-leverage situations for Colorado.
The sides will keep talking through the end of the winter meetings with the hope of striking a deal.