Chicago- The Chicago White Sox are reportedly closing in on a deal with veteran free-agent starting pitcher Derek Holland.
According to Chicago White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the Chicago White Sox are nearing finalizing a deal with former Texas Rangers left-handed starting pitcher Derek Holland this afternoon.
Source: White Sox closing in on deal with Derek Holland: https://t.co/EP0r4tB8S7
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) December 14, 2016
Holland, 30, has spent his entire eight year career with the Texas Rangers, and has battled injuries throughout his time with the club. In November the Rangers declined Holland’s $11 million dollar team option for the 2017 season, and instead bought out the final year for the specified $1.5 million dollars.
Holland made 20 starts for the Rangers in 2016, pitching to a 7-9 record with a 4.95 ERA. Holland’s career season came back in 2011 when he posted a 16-5 record with a 3.95 ERA for the Rangers.
The financial details of the reported deal between the two side has not yet been reported as of now.
The addition of Holland would provide the White Sox with a starting rotation option for 2017, with Chris Sale already departed from the rotation after being traded to the Boston Red Sox last week. The possibility that Jose Quintana is also traded this offseason is very realistic to say the least as well.
Holland, much like Miguel Gonzalez is a low-cost, low-risk acquisition that will provide the White Sox with some depth needed during the ongoing rebuilding efforts. If Holland can stay healthy in 2017 and pitch well, he may be another piece the White Sox can move next July before the non-waiver trade deadline.