Holland, Cards reach $14 million, 1-year deal

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Less than two hours before the start of their season, the St. Louis Cardinals found a closer.

Holland - a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves previous year - had 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies in 2017. If the Cardinals complete the deal, they will forfeit their second-highest draft pick in June, now No. 43, and $500,000 of worldwide signing-bonus allocation for the 2018-19 signing period. Mark Saxon of The Athletic added that the contract is pending a physical. It also fills a major hole for them following the news of the team's previously anointed closer, Luke Gregerson, being placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Holland's free agency stretched until late March despite players without almost his pedigree having fetched $9 million a season.

The Mets had recently discussed acquiring Holland, who has remained available after turning down a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rockies in November, though a deal could not be reached with the free-agent reliever. However, he missed the entirety of the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery.

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The New York Mets are set to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Without the month of August, he would have had a season ERA of 1.69.

The Mets have tabbed righty Jacob deGrom as their starter. deGrom recorded 239 strikeouts over 201 innings past year (with only 59 walks), while finishing the season 15-10 overall with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

As of this report, there is no word on when the St. Louis Cardinals might officially begin using Greg Holland as part of their rotation this season, but his addition will certainly help bolster the bullpen of a team looking to contend for the postseason again.

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