The Boston Red Sox, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, have set their sights on free agent reliever Greg Holland, as they have been strongly pursuing him to address their need for an eighth-inning set up man.
According to Bradford, the Red Sox have recently ramped up their efforts to secure Holland's services for the back end of their bullpen. There are many teams however that are interested in signing Holland. It is believed that the Red Sox have been intrigued by the right handed reliever since before his showcase last Monday where he sat low 90s with his fastball.
The former Royals reliever underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2015 season and initial belief was that he may look for a short term deal to prove himself. Many teams will remain interested though due to the amount of money that other free agent relievers like Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon will command this winter. It is believed around the industry that Holland can command a two-year deal with $10 million to $20 million a season plus incentives thanks to the strong emphasis now placed on bullpens.
Teams such as the Yankees, Nationals, Giants, Mariners and Cubs could also be interested in signing Holland, therefore the Red Sox will have competition.