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By: Ana Kieu
Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland was pulled out of the free agent market Monday morning. The San Francisco Giants re-signed Holland to a 1-year, $7 million deal. So Holland will be guaranteed $7 million this coming season and will earn at least $6.5 million next season if the Giants pick up the option with incentives that could make it a $15.5 million deal over two years. The news was first reported by The Athletic.
Sure, Holland reportedly told MLB Network Radio earlier this month that the Cincinnati Reds contacted him, but he never confirmed any plans with his hometown team. Holland is a Newark, Ohio native whose nickname is “Dutch Oven.” Holland was selected 25th overall in 2006 out of Wallace State Community College in Huntsville, Alabama. Holland spent seven years in Arlington, Texas before spending brief, 1-year stints with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants.
The Giants’ decision to re-sign Holland was an excellent one. Holland deserves a pay raise considering the fact that he arrived in San Francisco, Calif. last year as a non-roster invitee. Holland made $2 million last year, which was minimal compared to the contracts of other players in the MLB, but he ended up becoming one of the Giants’ most valuable players. Holland led the pitching rotation by tossing 171 1/3 innings and posting a 3.57 ERA with 169 strikeouts. Holland served as a starter for the most part. At times, Holland moved to the Giants bullpen, but he was able to achieve success there, too.
The Giants are reportedly expected to add more starters in an attempt to add more depth that Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez can start the 2019 MLB season in the minors and/or bullpen. Moreover, Holland was a great step that filled some of the Giants’ pitching needs.