The #WhiteSox have requested waivers on LHP Derek Holland for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 5, 2017
Chicago signed Holland to a one-year, $6 million deal before the season with hopes that he’d be able to eat innings as a veteran in a young rotation and potentially establish some trade value for July. He’s struggled to a 6.20 ERA and 6.42 FIP in 135 innings since, not providing the value on the trade market that the club once hoped for.
The ChiSox shopped Holland in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline but found no takers. The club then placed him on revocable trade waivers in August but was unable to trade him before last Thursday despite him clearing.
Chicago now has youngsters Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez alongside Carlos Rodon, James Shields and David Holmberg, so there was no need for Holland on the major-league roster. Holland had been pitching in a relief role as of late.
Holland could catch on with a club before the end of the season, but he’s not postseason-eligible at this point. The lefty will likely seek a minor-league deal this winter as he looks to return to form.
Holland, 30, owns a career 69-64 record and 4.57 ERA in nine major-league seasons with Texas (2009-16) and Chicago (2017).