The Chicago White Sox have signed former Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland to a one-year, $6 million deal. Holland was generating plenty of interest this offseason including heavy interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates among others.
Holland, 30, has spent his entire career with the Texas Rangers after being selected in the 25th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, and debuted in 2009 with the Rangers. In 8 seasons with the major league club, Holland owns a career 62-50 record with a 4.35 ERA over his time in Texas, but struggled last season after returning from two injury plagued seasons. Holland went 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 22 appearances (20 starts) last season.
Holland could be an interesting candidate for both reclamation and trades later on in the season. Holland was particularly effective from 2011-2013, racking up 38 wins over those three seasons, and having sub 4.00 ERA's in 2011 and 2013. If Holland can regain that pre-injury form that made him so effective, he could be flipped in an effort to expedite the rebuild of the team.
The White Sox have been searching for rotation help since they traded Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox in arguably the summer's biggest trade. With Jose Quintana possibly on the way out as well, the team is looking to fill out the rest of their rotation, and could still be active on the free agent market. Carlos Rodon, James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez appear poised to begin the year in the rotation, although the team will likely seek trade options as they continue their tear down.