The Cubs don’t figure to be doling out boatloads of cash to top-end closers like Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, both of whom are set to command the largest contracts ever for relief pitchers. Even Mark Melancon, easily the senior member of the elite trio of closers, could be too rich for the Cubs’ blood. But with an appetite for success and a scrapper’s nose for value pickups, former Royal Greg Holland could make a lot of sense.
After missing all of 2016 following Tommy John Surgery, Holland only topped out at 91 mph during a recent showcase workout in Phoenix. That’s not the kind of elite velocity you’d like to see from a back-end bullpen guy, particularly one who had worked in the mid-to-upper 90’s, but the hope is that he rounds into form as the season progresses. We’ve seen the Cubs take fliers on comeback projects before, most recently with former stud closer Joe Nathan, who was actually coming off of his second TJS. Since Holland is almost exactly 11 years younger than Nathan, neither age nor injury history should be much of an issue here.
What is an issue, however, is the demand for a reliever of …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider