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Rockies, Greg Holland ‘optimistic’ on reunion

Colorado has already added Bryan Shaw and re-signed Jake McGee in the last 24 hours.

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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.