Back again, Royals re-sign Greg Holland to 1-year, $2.75 million deal

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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Greg Holland #35 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on September 08, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that they have re-signed free agent pitcher Greg Holland.

According to ESPN, Holland signed for a one-year $2.75 million deal.

Holland, 35, went 3-0 with six saves and a 1.91 ERA (6 ER in 28.1 IP) in 28 appearances with the Royals in 2020.

The right hander ranked fifth among Major League relievers (min. 25.0 IP) in ERA, eighth in WHIP (0.95) and eighth in opponents’ average (.200).

Of his 28 appearances, 23 were scoreless, which tied for third most in the Majors behind teammate Scott Barlow (25) and the Angels’ Mike Mayers (24). Holland finished the season with a 13.1-inning scoreless streak, which spanned his final 13 appearances from Aug. 26 through season’s end.

The 2020 season marked Holland’s second stint with the Royals, after spending his first six Major League seasons from 2010-15 in Kansas City, the franchise that selected him in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Holland ranks fourth in franchise history with 151 saves, behind only Jeff Montgomery (304), Dan Quisenberry (238) and Joakim Soria (162). His 81 career saves at Kauffman Stadium are third most in the 48-year history of the ballpark, trailing only Montgomery (131) and Quisenberry (113).

Holland is a three-time All-Star and owns 212 career saves and a 2.90 ERA (157 ER in 487.1 IP) over his 10 seasons in the Majors.

The Royals now have 38 players on their Major League Reserve List.

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