According to a report from Rob Biertempfel of Pittsburgh Tribune, it appears that Derek Holland, who recently became a free agent after the Texas Rangers declined his 2017 option, has shown interest in joining the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation, as the club is on his "short list," per his agent. Holland is coming off his first full season since he went 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts during the 2013 season.
Holland, who was the Rangers' second-best prospect in 2009 behind ex-closer Neftali Feliz, played a big part in the team's rotation from 2011 to 2013, as he went 38-21, with a 3.98 ERA over 92 starts. However, he has been riddled with the injury bug after injuring his knee in 2014 and suffering a shoulder injury in 2015.
In 2016, Holland made 22 appearances, including 20 starts, but went 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA, his worst mark in a full season since he posted a 4.67 ERA in 2012. His K/9 mark of 5.9 and his BB/9 mark of 2.9 are also causes for concern, as the 5.9 K/9 is a career low.
With the injury history that Holland has had in recent years, it is possible that Holland could only pursue a one-year deal, which would actually help the rotation if the so-called "Ray Searage magic" performs miracles with Holland. Holland could also still receive a decent pay day with the weak starting pitching market, as he could get up to $10 million if he does get the one year deal that he could pursue.null